A Little Bump in the Earth

A Little Bump in the Earth

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Author/Contributor(s): Daye, Tyree
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
Date: 04/02/2024
Binding: Paperback
Condition: NEW
Through invention and remembrance, a little bump in the earth creates a black town on a hill--its land, its losses, its living and ancestral dead.

Tyree Daye's a little bump in the earth is an act of invention and remembrance. Through sprawling poems, the town of Youngsville, North Carolina, where Daye's family has lived for the last 200 years, is reclaimed as "Ritual House." Here, "every cousin aunt uncle ghost" is welcome. Daye invokes real and imagined people, the ancestral dead, land, snakes, and chickens, to create a black town on a hill. Including dreams, letters, revised rental agreements, and "a little museum in the here & after," where collaged images appear besides documents from Daye's ancestors--census records, marriage licenses, and WWII Draft Registration cards--the collection asks if the past can be a portal to the future, the present a catalyst for the past. a little bump in the earth explores what it means to love someone, someplace, even as it changes, dies right in front of your eyes. Poem by poem, Daye is honoring the people of Youngsville and "bringing back the dead."