The Collection Plate by Kendra Allen audiobook

The Collection Plate: Poems

By Kendra Allen
Read by Kendra Allen

HarperAudio, HarperCollins 9780063048478

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781799948278

  • ISBN: 9781799948261

  • ISBN: 9781799948285

Runtime: 1.04 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Poetry
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A New York Times Book Review pick of Best Books Now in Paperback

A deeply wrought and joyful debut poetry collection from an exciting new voice 

Looping exultantly through the overlapping experiences of girlhood, Blackness, sex, and personhood in America, award-winning essayist and poet Kendra Allen braids together personal narrative and cultural commentary, wrestling with the beauty and brutality to be found between mothers and daughters, young women and the world, Black bodies and white space, virginity and intrusion, prison and freedom, birth and death. Most of all, The Collection Plate explores both how we collect and erase the voices, lives, and innocence of underrepresented bodies—and behold their pleasure, pain, and possibility

Both formally exciting and a delight to read, The Collection Plate is a testament to Allen’s place as the voice of a generation—and a witness to how we come into being in the twenty-first century. 

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Kendra Allen’s poems examine how religion and hierarchy inform the spaces Black women and girls inhabit—and how we blow past those boundaries.” Essence
“These poems blend personal narrative with social commentary to explore the joy, pain, and underrepresented voices of Black womanhood in America.” Book Riot
“Allen not only vividly captures the experiences of growing up in a Black religious family in the South, transporting readers through specific childhood memories and beautiful tributes, but also provides powerful cultural commentaries.” Library Journal
“As close as we can get to those looming Black spaces beyond and before language.” Kiese Laymon, author of Heavy

Reviews

Reviews

Author

Author Bio: Kendra Allen

Author Bio: Kendra Allen

Kendra Allen is the author of Fruit Punch and The Collection Plate: Poems and the essay collection When You Learn the Alphabet, which won the 2018 Iowa Prize for Literary Nonfiction. She has been featured on C-SPAN and interviewed for the Rumpus and in Poets & Writers.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Poetry
Runtime: 1.04
Audience: Adult
Language: English