Marilyn Nelson

What they're saying

"a poet of stunning power, able to bring alive the most rarified and subtle of experiences."


Using domestic settings and memories of her own childhood, Nelson fashions poetry which "sometimes sings, sometimes narrates" —Kirkland C. Jones, Dictionary of Literary Biography


“Her words teach us how to praise ourselves by praising each other.” —Yusef Komunyakaa


Nelson’s poetry “reaches back through generations hemmed in on all sides by slavery and its antecedents; all along the way she finds sweetness, and humor, and more complicated truth than its disguises have revealed.” —Suzanne Gardinier, Parnassus


“quietly lyrical” voice and poems of “simple wisdom and straightforward, indelible stories.” —Miller Williams, African American Review