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Winter 2004

Winter 2004

Volume 80, Number 1

• The Journey to School Integration by Toni Morrison
• Roger Wilkins and Mary Zwiep argue affirmative action
• Kevin Young’s poems for collages by Romare Bearden
• Memoirs by Sebastian Matthews and Reuel K. Wilson
• Dispatch from Kyrgyzstan by Simone Poirier-Bures
• Fiction by Steve Almond, Aimee Phan, and R. T. Smith
• Poetry by Betty Adcock, David Baker, Quan Barry, Linda Bierds, Rebecca Black, Debra Bruce, Peter Cooley, Mekeel McBride, Maurice Manning, William Matthews, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Alan Shapiro
• Translations by Aliki Barnstone and Michael Collier

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Winter 2004

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The Journey to School Integration

Whenever I see sheets drying on the line or smell gumbo simmering on the stove, a flood of memories comes to me. In 1953 when I traveled in the rural South with a group of students, we received the generosity of strangers—African Americans who took us in when there were no places for nonwhites to eat or sleep.






Author Profiles

Toni Morrison’s (1931–2019) numerous awards include the 1993 Nobel Prize for Literature, the Pulitzer Prize for Beloved, and a National Book Award for Song of Solomon.

Maurice Manning’s first collection, Lawrence Booth’s Book of Visions (2001), was selected by W. S. Merwin for the Yale Series of Younger Poets.