- By Melba Joyce Boyd

Death Dance of a Butterfly

  • Title: Death Dance of a Butterfly
  • Author: Melba Joyce Boyd
  • ISBN: 9780615312903
  • Page: 357
  • Format: Paperback
  • Death Dance of a Butterfly Melba Joyce Boyd s latest poetry offering is an insightful examination of her relationships with family friends and colleagues She writes of the complexities joys and sadnesses of lives shared and

    Melba Joyce Boyd s latest poetry offering is an insightful examination of her relationships with family, friends, and colleagues 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 MelbaMelba Joyce Boyd s latest poetry offering is an insightful examination of her relationships with family, friends, and colleagues 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.

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    1. This book of poetry is so textured that I am on my second cover-to-cover reading and feel as though I have entered a deeper chamber of "hearing" . There are 31 poems in this edition---19 of which commemorate the lives of people who have impacted the culture of the city of Detroit, Michigan. Boyd's oeuvre lies in her ability to make language re-animate the life force of people, cities, and times in history that others would have us forget. Her poems are so sensitive, but when things are wrong, he [...]

    2. I have so many thoughts and feelings as I read through these poems. The poet, Melba Joyce Boyd, does indeed have talent, but for me these poems were so dark and angry and bitter, that I just could not enjoy them. Further, once you become so bitter, it blinds you to other realities. For instance, when the author writes about "blacks being sacrificed to save the wealthy whites," and doesn't include the history of the numbers of Irish who lost their lives building the levees in Louisiana. In her po [...]

    3. Melba Joyce Boyd is the literary executer for the estate of the late Detroit poet, Dudley Randall. I've had the chance to hear her speak. I say this because I know that she has talent but I did not enjoy this collection.

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