Shine is an African American folk character who emerged after World War I in toasts, blues, folk poetry, and children's rhymes. In his new book of poems, Calvin Forbes reinvents Shine, giving him a girlfriend, Glow, and a child, Shade. He renders the figure more melancholy and adds traces of the surreal and slapstick -- accessories "typical of the folk dibbling and dabbling as the tradition is passed along". While only the last quarter of The Shine Poems concern Shine, all of the poems reflect a similar sensibility. They ...

The Shine Poems 2001, LSU Press, Baton Rouge

ISBN-13: 9780807126660

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The Shine Poems 2001, Louisiana State University Press

ISBN-13: 9780807126677

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