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ISBN-10: 0997457821
ISBN-13: 9780997457827
Publisher: Third Man Books
Publish Date: 03/12/2019
Dimensions: 8.10" L, 5.20" W, 0.50" H

Lucy Negro, Redux: The Bard, a Book, and a Ballet

Libretto by: Paul Vasterling

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Price: $17.95

Overview

Part lyrical narrative, part bluesy riff, part schoolyard chant and part holy incantation — New York Times Lucy Negro, Redux, uses the lens of Shakespeare’s Dark Lady sonnets to explore the way questions about and desire for the black female body have evolved over time, from Elizabethan England to the Jim Crow South to the present day. Equally interested in the sensual and the serious, the erotic and the academic, this collection experiments with form, dialect, persona, and voice. Ultimately a hybrid document, Lucy Negro Redux harnesses blues poetry, deconstructed sonnets, historical documents and lyric essays to tell the challenging, many-faceted story of the Dark Lady, her Shakespeare, and their real and imagined milieu. Inspired by the book, The Nashville Ballet will premiere “Lucy Negro Redux,” an original ballet conceived and choreographed by Artistic Director & CEO, Paul Vasterling, in February 2019 at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. A collaboration of music, poetry and choreography, this contemporary ballet based on Caroline Randall Williams’ book of poetry of the same name is unique in process, content and format. The project uses dance and music to execute the author’s exploration of more than 160 of Shakespeare’s sonnets, and her arrival to a thesis that the “Dark Lady” and the “Fair Youth”–the subjects and inspiration of these sonnets–were undoubtedly a black woman and a young man lover. Ultimately, in experiencing Lucy through themes of love, otherness and equality, the narrator, and thus the audience, finds a powerful female voice.

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From Chapter 16: "While the premise of Lucy Negro, Redux might be academic, the collection couldn't be further from the kind of antique manuscripts that may only be touched with gloves. These poems are tangible, very much of our own turbulent world. As the first poem, "BlackLucyNegro I," explains, "she's become an Other / way to talk about skin." Williams pulls Lucy's story into this world, examining both historical and contemporary problems of racism. This is a vital book, at once capable of searing insight and complex emotion. The poems speak to our time while giving voice to a ghost." - Erica Wright Full review: https: //chapter16.org/not-a-partridge-or-a-ruby/
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Details

ISBN-10: 0997457821
ISBN-13: 9780997457827
Publisher: Third Man Books
Publish Date: 03/12/2019
Dimensions: 8.10" L, 5.20" W, 0.50" H
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