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Songs of Ourselves

The Uses of Poetry in America

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$24.50 • £19.95 • €22.00

ISBN 9780674035126

Publication Date: 03/30/2010

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488 pages

6 x 9-1/4 inches

25 halftones

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  • Introduction
  • Part I. The Poet in American Culture
    • 1. Seer and Sage
    • 2. Amateur and Professional
    • 3. Absence and Presence
    • 4. Sophisticate and Innocent
    • 5. Celebrity and Cipher
    • 6. Alien and Intimate
  • Part II. Poetry in Place and Practice
    • 7. Listen, My Children: Modes of Poetry Reading in American Schools
    • 8. I Am an American: Poetry and Civic Ideals
    • 9. Grow Old Along with Me: Poetry and Emotions among Family and Friends
    • 10. God’s in His Heaven: Religious Uses of Verse
    • 11. Lovely as a Tree: Reading and Seeing Out-of-Doors
  • Coda: “Favorite Poems” and Contemporary Readers
  • Notes
  • Index

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“Predictive Policing” and Racial Profiling

While technology used in policing has improved, it hasn’t progressed, says Khalil Gibran Muhammad, if racial biases are built into those new technologies. This excerpt from his book, The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America, shows that for the reform called for by the current protests against systemic racism and racially-biased policing to be fulfilled, the police—especially those at the top—will need to change their pre-programmed views on race and the way they see the Black citizens they are supposed to “serve and protect.”