Voyage of the Sable Venus and Other Poems

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Details: Hardcover. 160 pages. 2012.


Robin Coste Lewis’s electrifying collection is a triptych that begins and ends with lyric poems considering the roles desire and race play in the construction of the self. The central panel is the title poem, “Voyage of the Sable Venus,” a riveting narrative made up entirely of titles of artworks from ancient times to the present—titles that feature or in some way comment on the black female figure in Western art.

Size:  6.5 x 9.5 inches