Poetry. African American Studies. Melba Joyce Boyd's latest poetry offering is an insightful examination of her relationships with family, friends, and collegues. She writes of the complexities, joys and sadnesses of lives shared, and the influences of daily living on them. As Jayne Cortez notes, "Life opposed to death, death opposed to life in New Orleans, in Detroit, in DEATH DANCE OF A BUTTERFLY. Melba Joyce Boyd's most important volume of poetry is filled with interactions, eulogies, and 'streets beneath water stains.' It is a collection flashing with poetic development."
Melba Joyce Boyd is the author of nine books of poetry and the recipient of numerous grants and awards. She is a Distinguished University Professor and Chair of the Department of Africana Studies at Wayne State University and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan. Melba has presented her poetry in Africa, Europe and the Republic of China. She often performs her work with jazz musicians. Author City: DETROIT, MI USA