"Like the feast day recalled in its
title, this collection of twenty
narrative poems venerates the dead.
Brenda Marie Osbey invokes, impersonates,
and converses with her Afro-New Orleans
forbears -- both blood ancestors and
spiritual predecessors -- weaving in
in hypnotic cadence a spell as potent
as the religious and magical
mysteries of her native culture."
"Bones of the blessed and damned dance in the strong ancestral lines of Osbey's brilliance. If we dare to miss All Saints, we miss one of the most lyrically profound maps of the African Americas ever sung. This is a spectatcular book by one of the best writers of our times."
-- Houston A. Baker, Jr., suthor of Workings of the Spirit: The Poetics of Afro-American Women's Writing.
"....Brenda Marie Osbey's poems make us understand, see with new eyes and feel.
"-- Guy Davenport, author of The Hunter Gracchus and Other Papers on Literature and Art.
"Evocative, epic in conception, All Saints is the work of a brilliant poet at the top of her form. Rarely is craft and meaning so wonderfully woven."
-- Paula Giddings, author of When and Where I Enter: The
Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America.
"All Saints is a book of remembrance, a collection which will move the spirit. Say 'Osbey' and shout 'halelujah!'"
-- E. Ethelbert Miller, editor of In Search of Color Everywhere: A Collection of African American Poetry.