Antebellum Dream Book

In surprising turns through different American cities and eras, and through the strange rhythms of dream, Alexander composes her own kind of improvisational jazz. It is a music of resistances and flights of fancy: her father’s engagement in the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s and ’70s; the struggle to see through a postpartum fog; a vision in which she takes on the narrative voice of the great boxer Muhammad Ali.

The New York Times Book Review has said that “Elizabeth Alexander creates intellectual magic in poem after poem.” In this stunning third collection, she furthers her reputation as a vital and vivid poetic voice on race, gender, politics, and motherhood.


Graywolf Press | January 2001 | ISBN: 1-55597-354-X | Pbk., 72 pages

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