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Slave Moth

Slave Moth Thylias Moss

This critically acclaimed verse-novel follows the unforgettable Varl, a slave on a plantation in Tennessee, on her path to freedom. Wise beyond her years and wildly creative, Varl must choose between the only life she's known--her Mamalee, her friends (especially her beloved Dob), the farmland she's explored since childhood--and her growing need for self determination. Standing in her path, waiting to quash her spirit, is her master, the cunning Peter Perry, "a collector of rare things," who aims to add Varl herself to his perverse assortment of oddities.With Slave Moth, Thylias Moss shows herself yet again to be "a visionary storyteller" (Charles Simic). Written in gorgeous verse, it is an explosion of life in the face of servitude. 

Praise for the Book:
"Through the course of this emotionally arresting poetry sequence...it's that young woman's complexity and confusion that make Slave Moth one of the most profoundly startling and beautifully rendered of the neo-slave narratives" —San Francisco Chronicle

"As complex emotions come to a boil in this piquantly beautiful, covertly witty, and suspenseful verse drama (a truly remarkable mesh of story and form), Moss brilliantly assesses the warped psychology and poisonous relationships engendered by slavery" —Booklist

"Thylias Moss is a permanent American poet, canonical in the old, authentic sense." Harold Bloom

About the Author:
Thylias Moss's books of poetry include Slave Moth: A Narrative in Verse, Tokyo Butter, Last Chance for the Tarzan Holler, Small Congregations: New and Selected Poems, Rainbow Remnants in Rock Bottom Ghetto Sky, At Redbones, Pyramid of Bone, and Hosiery Seams on a Bowlegged Woman. She is the author of a memoir, Tale of a Sky-Blue Dress, and two plays, Talking to Myself and The Dolls in the Basement. Among her honors are a MacArthur Fellowhip, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Dewar's Profiles Performance Award, a Witter Bynner Award for Poetry, and a Whiting Award. She is a professor of English at the University of Michigan. 

Also available from Persea by Thylias Moss:
Last Chance for the Tarzan Holler
Rainbow Remnants in Rock Bottom Sky
Tokyo Butter


Paperback/$14.00 (Can. $15.50)/ISBN: 978-0-89255-318-9/160 pages/Poetry
Hardcover/$24.00 (Can. $26.50)/ISBN: 978-0-89255-289-4/160 pages/Poetry

 

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