Faster Than Light: New and Selected Poems, 1996-2011
LSU Press, 2013
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Conjuring numerous voices and characters across oceans and centuries, Faster Than Light explores widely disparate experiences through
the lens of traditional poetic forms. This volume contains a selection of Marilyn Nelson's new and uncollected poems as well as work from
each of her lyric histories of eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and twentieth-century African American individuals and communities.
Poems include the stories of historical figures like Emmett Till, the fourteen-year-old boy lynched in 1955, and the inhabitants of Seneca Village,
an African American community razed in 1857 for the creation of Central Park. Later pieces range from the poet's travels in Africa, Europe, and
Polynesia, to poems written in collaboration with Father Jacques de Foiard Brown, a former Benedictine monk and the subject of Nelson's playful
fictional fantasy sequence, "Adventure-Monk!" Both personal and historical, these poems remain grounded in everyday details but reach toward
spiritual and moral truths.
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Poet Laureate Connecticut
Robert Frost Medal