Marrow: Poems

Marrow: Poems

by darlene anita scott

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Overview

"Grape is the sweetest betrayal. There is no removing the stain Of it say moms everywhere & Even if kids choose it last; They choose it, as loyal To its sugar as any…."When authorities converged on the Peoples Temple Agricultural Project, known as Jonestown, in Guyana on November 18, 1978, more than 900 members were found dead, the result of murder-suicide. The massacre, led by cult leader James "Jim" Jones, was the largest mass loss of American lives before September 11, 2001. Yet this event is largely absent in American history. When the mass suicides are remembered, it is usually comically or instructively: "Don't drink the Kool-Aid," as the majority of those who died that day drank or were injected with grape flavored Flavor-Aid.

Much has been documented about this tragic day and how the congregants were killed, yet little is written about the individuals and their lived experiences. In this profound and provocative poetry collection, darlene anita scott corrects that which has been disremembered and honors the people who perished. She elevates and gives voice to the children, teenagers, and adults whose hopes, dreams, and lives were just as hopeful and mundane as any others yet have been overlooked and overshadowed by the other focuses of history. The distinct, haunting, and unforgettable poems in Marrow cut to the bone while also acknowledging and giving tribute to those who died on that fateful day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813183626
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Publication date: 03/08/2022
Series: University Press of Kentucky New Poetry & Prose Series
Pages: 66
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

darlene anita scott is the Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Virginia Union University. Her poetry appears most recently in Rock! Paper! Scissors!, Killens Review of Arts and Letters, and Stonecoast Review. She is the co-editor of Revisiting the Elegy in the Black Lives Matter Era (Routledge).

Table of Contents

SHELBY COUNTY ALABAMA
THE INVITATION
ROSTRUM
BOOKISH GIRL SWEEPS THE SANCTUARY
THE BLACK BOOK
A REVOLUTIONARY LOVE STORY
WATER
WILD CHILD
JUBILEE
THE PEOPLES TEMPLE AGRICULTURAL PROJECT
WISHING TREE
FOR YONDER
COMPOSTING
MAKING SOAP
DISAPPEARANCE
THE RULES
HOW TODAY WILL LOOK WHEN IT'S HISTORY
I LEARN TO LOVE THE BODY SHE LOVES
A TREE GETS IN THE WAY
THE TWENTY-FIFTH
CHRISTINE
BUCKET BRIGADE
HARVESTING
HOW SLEEP FINDS US
SOMETIMES MOLASSES
GOVERNMENT NAME
WHAT WE TALK ABOUT IN OUR COTTAGE
WHEN SHANDA SAID NO
THE SCENT OF HER GROOMING
IN DEFENSE OF DEVOTION
SPIT SHINE
ALGEBRA
MAKESHIFT DADDY
FOR JUST PENNIES A GLASS
[REDACTED] EARNS HIS WINGS
IMAGINE, FIRST, A GIRL
AS FOR DANCING
AFTER THE GAME
LOOKING THE CAMERA IN THE EYE
WARREN FETUS
HOUSE ON STILTS
A MEDIC MISTAKES ME FOR DEAD
SEPIA
AFTER AN NBC INTERVIEW I MISSED YOU MORE
MARROW
—OIL DRUM
NOTES
ACKOWLEDGEMENTS

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