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Ark of bones and other storiesE sensitivity and skill with which he approached the themes of blackness and youth the preoccupations of the stories and in the themes and techniues of the poems demonstrate the awareness of what an African heritage can mean to an American writer. One of the best books I’ve ever read Each story is an experience There’s no one like Henry Dumas Magical Each story has a lot to process so I couldn’t read than one or two in one sitting But I’ll confess I went back and re read several stories before I finished the collection I often find myself thinking about stories like “The Crossing” or the titular story “Ark of Bones” The natural imagery is so powerful This collection proves Henry Dumas as one of the greatest American writers

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READ ☆ Ark of bones and other stories » ❰Reading❯ ➶ Ark of bones and other stories Author Henry Dumas – A free lance writer active in the area of “little magazine” writing and publishing and a member of the teaching staff of the Experiment in Higher Education at Southern Illinois UniveBones and Kindle #216 A free lance writer active in the area of “little magazine” writing and publishing and a member of the teaching staff of the Experiment in Higher Education at Southern Illinois University in East St Louis Henry Dumas had. Ark of Bones and Other Stories is a collection of nine short stories by Henry Dumas an Arkansas native whose family moved to Harlem New York when he was ten These stories some set in Arkansas and some set in Harlem are dark and smoky and are infused with mojo and a deep spirituality His characters and his ghostly magic were refreshing to me in their differentness the strong male African American voice was not strictly of the here and now; there was an ancientness to it as if these stories came up from the depths of the earth and through a long line of African rooted souls Spirit magic swirls thorughout the stories as in “Ark of Bones” when the Mississippi River rises to carry the Ark – Noah’s Ark our character wonders – to Headeye a chosen one from Arkansas Only river people know how to talk to the river when it’s mad I watched the light on the waves way upstream where the old Sippi bend and I could tell that she was movin faster RisinAt the same time in “Boll of Roses” Dumas paints beautiful earthy scenes of his Arkansas roots That little brown girl bout the prettiest thing I ever seen in a cotton field He was off the porch into the sun passing the garden when the smell of cotton then the rose garden and then wet dewNever far from the surface is the struggle of the young black man in the pre Civil Rights South – the struggle to escape the vicious cycle of servitude of poverty of ignorance and the cotton fields that kept him shackled to all three He felt ashamed of staying out of school just to pick cottonArk of Bones and Other Stories reminds us that many Southern blacks were still stuck in the cotton fields as recently as the 1960s missing school missing out on education so that they could eat Unlike farmers’ children whose lives look the same during harvest time pickers do not own the land they do not own the cotton they cannot sell the cotton There aren’t hours in the day to earn money there are not opportunities to get ahead to educate themselves to move on to something better Not until the Civil Rights movement “I picked cotton all my life chopped planted cleared land and I aint got nothin to show for it You younguns oughta get out of the field and get with them rights people They got the Lord on their side”These are important stories They are vivid reminders of not just our history but our recent history and the effect this history has on a significant portion of the American population

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Amassed a considerable body of work at the time of his death in at the age of thirty four These two volumes Ark of Bones and Other Stories and Poetry for my People comprise most of his work published and unpublished Ark of EpubThey amply show th. Sun Ra 1971 UC Berkeley Course Open Culture