[featured in the bookclub Poetry Special]
Thick with family and warm Southern air, The World Is Round is a kaleidoscope of image and memoir with a deep awareness of the world as a community and a compelling message of tolerance. Nikky Finney’s precise and tactile language draws distinct characters whom we can almost touch and feel, from her grandmother Beulah to her great-aunt Mean Nina. But while the intimate bonds of family, tradition, and loyalty are vital to the poet, the collection is not all peace and comfort. In poems like “The Greatest Show on Earth” and “Hate,” Finney moves from the personal to the collective to illuminate the cruelties of the sometimes gawking, narrow-minded world and to make a plea for compassion inspired by our common humanity.
Blurbs from the book jacket
Card catalog entry from the Library of Congress
Publisher’s information page from InnerLight Publishing
Amazon.com information page
Barnes and Noble information page
Review by Carolyn Howard-Johnson from MyShelf.com
Also on our shelves:
Nikky Finney’s Rice was our May 2000 selection.