Street Smarts

Trade Paper – $14.95

ISBN 978-1-880684-27-6
Publication Date
April 1996
Page Count
56 pages
Trim Size
5.5 x 8.4

Street Smarts

A stunning new voice in African-American poetry, Devorah Marjo in street smarts explores the hardships of life in the streets, the damage that is done there, and the strategies for survival. Hers is a powerful, affirmative voice that is joyful and proud.
About the Author

devorah major is an African-American poet, novelist, essayist, and teacher. She is the current Poet Laureate of San Francisco and the author of Brown Glass Windows, Open Weave, and Where River Meets Ocean.


"STREET SMARTS bridges the gap between past and future, and Major's powerful, musical language and subtle, wry wit make her poetry immediately accessible to readers."

MultiCultural Review

"...engaging and direct...Major...has a finely tuned ear that perfectly captures the idiom of the street...Recommended."
Library Journal

"Each poem is like a musical composition, flowing with melody and resonance. Never caustic, sometimes playful, occasionally echoing with longing and melancholy, Major's work demonstrates a dynamic range of tonality and emotion."
The Bay Guardian