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African Sleeping Sickness

(1990)
A collection of stories by

 
 
Coleman is one of the decade's most moral poets, showing us in feverishly focused first- and third-person dramatic monologues the grim life of L.A.'s streets. It's impossible to paraphrase her colloquial, dynamic style: "where I live / the little gangsters diddy-bop through and pick up / young bitches and flirt with old ones, looking to / snatch somebody's purse or find their way into somebody's / snatch 'cause mama don't want them at home and papa / is a figment and them farms them farms them farms / they call schools, and mudflapped bushy-headed entities / swoop the avenue seeking death / it's the only thrill left / where I live" Understanding does not mean, to Coleman, mild forgiveness, it means hot rage against those of any color who prey on others in pain. Contextualizing murder, rape, poverty, addiction showing us their human faces gives Coleman a 'shattered heart,' makes her feel 'thrown heart first into this ruin,' but the experience transforms the reader. Pat Monaghan, Booklist

    

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Hardback Editions

November 1990 : USA Hardback
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Title: African Sleeping Sickness: Stories and Poems
Author(s): Wanda Coleman
ISBN: 0-87685-813-2 / 978-0-87685-813-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Black Sparrow Pr
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October 1990 : USA Hardback

Title: African Sleeping Sickness: Stories and Poems
Author(s): Wanda Coleman
ISBN: 0-87685-814-0 / 978-0-87685-814-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Black Sparrow Pr
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Paperback Editions

January 1990 : USA Paperback
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Title: African Sleeping Sickness: Stories and Poems (Hoover Press Publication; 392)
Author(s): Wanda Coleman
ISBN: 0-87685-812-4 / 978-0-87685-812-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Black Sparrow Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA