"They met just after the Greensboro student sit-ins of February 1960 that launched the civil rights movement. They were married in 1960. Following their first meeting and the events at Chicago’s Rainbow Beach that are described in these excerpts, they became leaders of the Congress for Racial Equality (CORE) in New York City. Norman Hill then went on to serve as staff coordinator for the March on Washington and to work with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Velma Hill earned her M.E.D. from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education in 1968."
"If a collection of fiction is good, you’ll want to savor the prose, think about the ideas and read another, as you will with these. But you won’t expect the book to have the same insistent pull on you to keep going that you’d find in a popular novel. Lewis Turco’s The Museum of Ordinary People, however, will keep you reading, pull you from one story to the next."
"Kentucky might be the only state in the Union where it is always autumn. Why Kentucky poets are seen as regionalists, I will never know. The people of the backcountry have staying power. Some say that their language, captured in songs hundreds of years old, is among the oldest expressions of English in the Americas. Into this tall grass, we lay the poems of Frank Moore."
"J. C. Todd’s first full-length book of poems is a work of deep and mature engagement with the world in each of the three ways it presents itself to adult consciousness: as external environment; as body; as self. The external world--what might be called the surround, and which includes the human other--is that which the ego learns to detach from itself."
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