Poetry. African American Studies. "In her first collection, Jones illuminates 'the secret joy beneath grim turbulence' that propels these poems into her readers' hearts and minds. Exploring 'the daily material that makes a life being lived' with a fluent intelligence, she connects the personal to political, self to other, then to now. Rooted in the complexity of the American experience, she traces the presence of the human spirit--heroic, betrayed, betraying--in art, history, geography, politics and popular culture with riveting shifts of scale and focus. 'The Perfect Lipstick' moves from a consideration of Christopher Columbus to the slave trade and then leaps assuredly to her 'favorite shade of lipstick, Sherry Velour,' whose name suggests 'Black men in sequined dresses and the click of new words/ in the new world where the most dangerous of dreams/ come true.' In 'Glad All Over,' the poet, an African American, recounts her childhood experience of the civil rights struggle in the South during the 60s in a quiet, truthful telling that gives tribute to 'our family's ordinary courage' and creates a compelling, defining image of a pivotal time"--Publishers Weekly.