Poetry. African American Studies. Michael Palmer writes, "Ed Roberson offers us, up front, the nerve-edge of poetic speech, sequences of the unanticipated, as poetry of real significance is meant to do. This generous and much-needed selection graphs the development of a poet committed to the articulation of a resistant, multi-faceted identity. It should affirm his place, at last, as one of the most deeply innovative and critically acute voices of our time." JUST IN: WORD OF NAVIGATIONAL CHALLENGES is a chronicle of Roberson's works from 1970 to the present, marked throughout by a language derived from the rhythms of speech and the natural world: see in the river the ripples' / picture on the surface of the wind the lifting of the image / has taken at the deeper face // the starry freedom / written in the milky rivery line... (Taking the Print).
Ed Roberson's eleven previous books of poetry include JUST IN: WORD OF NAVIGATIONAL CHALLENGES (Talisman House, Publishers, 1998), CITY ECLOGUE (Atelos, 2006), THE NEW WING OF THE LABRYRINTH (Singing Horse Press, 2009), MPH AND OTHER ROAD POEMS (VERGE Books, 2021) and the Los Angeles Times Book Award finalist and Kingsley-Tufts Award runner-up To See the Earth before the End of the World (2010). A former Special Programs administrator at Rutgers University's Cook Campus, Roberson has lived in Chicago since 2004 and is an emeritus professor in Northwestern University's MFA creative writing program. He has also held posts at the University of Chicago, Columbia College, the University of California, Berkeley, and the Cave Canem retreat for Black writers. His honors include the Jackson Poetry Prize, the Shelley Memorial Award, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writers' Award, and the African American Literature and Culture Association's Stephen Henderson Critics Award.Author City: CHICAGO, IL USA