Marrow: Poems [Paperback]

Darlene Anita Scott (Author)

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ISBN: 9780813183626 | Published by: University Press of Kentucky | Series: University Press of Kentucky New Poetry & Prose Series | Year of Publication: 2022 | Language: English 66p, H216 x W140 (mm)
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Marrow

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"Grape is the sweetest betrayal. There is no removing the stain Of it say moms everywhere & Even if kids choose it last; They choose it, as loyal To its sugar as any."

When authorities converged on the Peoples Temple Agricultural Project, known as Jonestown, in Guyana on November 18, 1978, more than 900 members were found dead, the result of murder-suicide. The massacre, led by cult leader James "Jim" Jones, was the largest mass loss of American lives before September 11, 2001. Yet this event is largely absent in American history. When the mass suicides are remembered, it is usually comically or instructively: "Don't drink the Kool-Aid," as the majority of those who died that day drank or were injected with grape flavored Flavor-Aid.

Much has been documented about this tragic day and how the congregants were killed, yet little is written about the individuals and their lived experiences. In this profound and provocative poetry collection, darlene anita scott corrects that which has been disremembered and honors the people who perished. She elevates and gives voice to the children, teenagers, and adults whose hopes, dreams, and lives were just as hopeful and mundane as any others yet have been overlooked and overshadowed by the other focuses of history. The distinct, haunting, and unforgettable poems in Marrow cut to the bone while also acknowledging and giving tribute to those who died on that fateful day.

Table of Contents

SHELBY COUNTY ALABAMA
 
THE INVITATION
 
ROSTRUM
 
BOOKISH GIRL SWEEPS THE SANCTUARY
 
THE BLACK BOOK
 
A REVOLUTIONARY LOVE STORY
 
WATER
 
WILD CHILD
 
JUBILEE
 
THE PEOPLES TEMPLE AGRICULTURAL PROJECT
 
WISHING TREE
 
FOR YONDER
 
COMPOSTING
 
MAKING SOAP
 
DISAPPEARANCE
 
THE RULES
 
HOW TODAY WILL LOOK WHEN IT'S HISTORY
 
I LEARN TO LOVE THE BODY SHE LOVES
 
A TREE GETS IN THE WAY
 
THE TWENTY-FIFTH
 
CHRISTINE
 
BUCKET BRIGADE
 
HARVESTING
 
HOW SLEEP FINDS US
 
SOMETIMES MOLASSES
 
GOVERNMENT NAME
 
WHAT WE TALK ABOUT IN OUR COTTAGE
 
WHEN SHANDA SAID NO
 
THE SCENT OF HER GROOMING
 
IN DEFENSE OF DEVOTION
 
SPIT SHINE
 
ALGEBRA
 
MAKESHIFT DADDY
 
FOR JUST PENNIES A GLASS
 
[REDACTED] EARNS HIS WINGS
 
IMAGINE, FIRST, A GIRL
 
AS FOR DANCING
 
AFTER THE GAME
 
LOOKING THE CAMERA IN THE EYE
 
WARREN FETUS
 
HOUSE ON STILTS
 
A MEDIC MISTAKES ME FOR DEAD
 
SEPIA
 
AFTER AN NBC INTERVIEW I MISSED YOU MORE
 
MARROW
 
OIL DRUM
 
NOTES
 
ACKOWLEDGEMENTS

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