Madness like Morning Glories: Poems

Madness like Morning Glories: Poems

by Doris Davenport


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In her enchanting poem sequence, doris davenport introduces readers to Soque Street and its “Affrilachian” residents. These African Americans inhabiting an Appalachian community in northeast Georgia live in a world where magic threads daily life and the living and dead commingle. Ghosts, self-propelled caskets, and sensate trees are as natural as morning glories to these characters, who are at once eccentric and universal, peculiar and welcoming.

Spoken in intersecting and overlapping monologues, the poems create a refreshing portrait of small-town life, with its mix of quotidian concerns and the larger experiences of love, passion, grief, jealousy, and madness. The story of Soque Street moves from voice to voice and through poetic forms with ease and confidence. Sometimes frightening, often funny, and always compelling and potent, madness like morning glories is a major achievement by a poet of tremendous originality who possesses an intuition for the subtle secrets of language.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807129920
Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
Publication date: 05/01/2005
Pages: 64
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.75(h) x (d)

About the Author

doris davenport is a performance poet, writer, and educator. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Listen Here: Women Writing in Appalachia; Out of the Rough: Women’s Poems of Survival and Celebration; Bloodroot: Reflections on Place by Appalachian Women Writers; and This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color. Born and raised in Gainesville and Cornelia, Georgia, in the foothills of Appalachia, she currently lives in Cleveland, Georgia.

Table of Contents

"Now I know you remember so and so"2
Miz Fannie Mae Gibson Shueberg3
Lutesha Brown, a conjure woman with an attitude5
Marie Duvalle (Witch Marie La Strega)7
Nurse Marsha Greenlee8
Mr. Arthur Wright10
Miz Maggie Wright12
Miz Amy13
Claude Davenport15
Testimonials (about Claude)16
Ethel Mae Gibson18
1002 Desota Drive, Newtown19
103 Soque20
Ceremony for 103 Soque Street21
Miz Clio Savant25
Cornelia Regional (Colored) High School28
And here they come34
The Egotistical Sublime35
Sally's Cafe39
Mr. Papa Doc Williams41
Miz Zelma (Shankle) Crow43
Clio (continued)44
So many of them45
Betty, Miz Zelma's granddaughter46
Mr. Garland Cook46
Death on Soque Street47
The Gibsons, strolling51
The Summer of 1963: James & Gladys52
Courtship at 103 Soque53
Those lamps54
Gladys & Irene55
Gladys Parlee Gibson Trimiar56
Tanya Davenport57

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