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Book Title: Song for Anninho|
The author of the book: Gayl Jones
Edition: Beacon Press
Date of issue: April 30th 2000
ISBN 13: 9780807068557
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Startling in its form, Song for Anninho is something of an ode/epic that chronicles the "decolonial" love of Almeyda and Anninho, two quilombos (escaped Brazilian slaves who established safe enclaves.) With lines such as "I wanted to tell him it was as easy to be with him as it was to eat food or drink water," the poem becomes so highly emotive it is difficult to tell whether it crosses the line into the sentimental. However, against the backdrop of the violence of colonialism, the love story becomes even more impressive.
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Read information about the authorGayl Jones (born November 23, 1949) is an African-American writer from Lexington, Kentucky. Her most famous works are Corregidora, Eva's Man, and The Healing.
Jones is a 1971 graduate of Connecticut College, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English. While attending the college she also earned the Frances Steloff Award for Fiction. She then began a graduate program in creative writing at Brown University, studying under poet Michael Harper and earning a Master of Arts in 1973 and a Doctor of Arts in 1975.
Harper introduced Jones's work to Toni Morrison, who was an editor at the time, and in 1975, Jones published her first novel Corregidora at the age of 26. That same year she was a visiting lecturer at the University of Michigan, which hired her the following year as an assistant professor. She left her faculty position in 1983 and moved to Europe, where she wrote and published Die Vogelfaengerin (The Birdwatcher) in Germany and a poetry collection, Xarque and Other Poems. Jones's 1998 novel The Healing was a finalist for the National Book Award, although the media attention surrounding her novel's release focused more on the controversy in her personal life than on the work itself. Her papers are currently housed at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University. Jones currently lives in Lexington, Kentucky, where she continues to write.
Jones has described herself as an improvisor, and her work bears out that statement: like a jazz or blues musician, Jones plays upon a specific set of themes, varying them and exploring their possible permutations. Though her fiction has been called “Gothic” in its exploration of madness, violence, and sexuality, musical metaphors might make for a more apt categorization.
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