By Shane Book
Harnessing strategies of the cinematic and audio arts, Book’s poems splice, pattern, college, and jump-cut language from an array of resources, together with slave narratives, Western philosophy, hip hop lyrics, and the diaries of plantation proprietors. In fusing disparate texts, every one poem during this assortment makes an attempt to create a neighborhood in language. hence, at its center, the undertaking is utopic—or extra accurately, to borrow from Duke Ellington—the undertaking is “blutopic.”
The book’s anchoring sequence comprises an apocryphal narrative grounded within the trip of the center Passage and an older mythic heritage from the West African epic of Sundiata. the following parts of Afrofuturism coagulate with an R&B grin as social forces problem a feeling of personhood, prompting free-jazz inflected conversations among the items of a shattered, polyvocal self.
Here is a global poet of the Sonic international South sheathed in a Northern Hemispheric glow swimsuit, excessive “on Coltrane, on Zeus” but additionally at the outdated and new colleges of Descartes, M.I.A., Cecil Taylor, Gilbert Ryle, Freud, and Jay Z, between others—or as one poem places it, the “aural truths.”
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