From Now On
Clarence Major is a consummate artist whose work inpoetry, fiction, and painting has been widely recognized. He hasbeen part of twenty-eight group exhibitions, has had fifteenone-man shows, and has published fourteen collections of poetry andnine works of fiction. Major's works—and this collection inparticular—are distinguished by his poetic sociability and hisunblinking but generous and affectionateportraiture.
In From Now On, aretrospective of poems from the 1950s to the present—includingselections from each of Major's previous books of poetry as well asa generous selection of new poems—Major creates a vivid gallery ofnimbly drawn characters. Here he establishes a voice that issingular and musical, one that draws witty, moving, and empatheticportraits of African American urban and country dwellers.Ultimately, this collection maintains Major's intimate,conversational poetry while simultaneously becoming more eclectic,multicultural, and cosmopolitan. Major's poetry is affable, but itsuggests an insistence that we can connect with history and socialchange through the dynamic lives of the people we encounterdaily.