A Black Odyssey
A Poetic Memoir
“This diverse, vibrant book modeled, like Joyce’s Ulysses, on Homer’s ancient epic, uses it as an allegorical scaffolding for the poet’s own experience as a Black man in contemporary America. The author’s language runs the gamut from the vernacular to the Elizabethan; everything from pattern poems, free verse, prose poems, sonnets to parodies of Mother Goose. Remarkable in scope, every poem stands on its own while organized in chapters leading the reader through an epic journey of human trials—poverty, desire, injustice, racism—and ultimately to a transcendent awareness of beauty, joy, love and personal triumph.” — Amazon Books
And a few reviews….
smooth as glass and lit with intelligence…
… a juxtaposition between bopping, modern jazz and the formal rhyme and styles. The combinations were delightful, a real plus.
I was drawn into [the] personal journey…by the complex brew of idea and emotion ascending in line after line of provocative imagery, agile, smart, steely. All from the crucible of tested experience…..
Jerry Smaldone, author “All Flesh Shall See It Together”
I’ve been hearing about [t]his book and have heard snippets from it, but having SETH explain its inception deepened the poems immeasurably.
SETH uses the Greek Odyssey as a scaffolding for his own poetry, thirty years worth. And his book transcends the literary riff that often accompanies collections of poetry.
In college he studied Homer’s Odyssey and Milton’s Paradise Lost, and SETH did what creative people do: he saw connections, connections between the two classics and each to his own life. He saw in Telemachus, Odysseus’s son, himself as a young man going into the world to find maturity. In many of the Greek mythical figures SETH saw aspects of his life and, indeed, the lives of most people.….The big concept, though, is the expulsion from Eden and the search for Paradise. As a young Black American, SETH felt the eviction from the good life in many ways, but he also saw the possibility of a better life. And he seems to have claimed it, not necessarily in a religious search but in a broad search for meaning.
Karen Douglass, KVD Books
Bob King from the Colorado Poets Center interviews SETH on his latest book: A Black Odyssey.
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