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Smart, grounded, and lyrical, Evie Shockley's the new black integrates powerful ideas about blackness, past and present, through the medium of beautifully crafted verse. the new black sees our racial past inevitably shaping our contemporary moment, but struggles to remember and reckon with the impact of generational shifts: what seemed impossible to people not many years ago--for example, the election of an African American president--will have always been a part of the world of children born in the new millennium. All of the poems here, whether sonnet, mesostic, or deconstructed blues, exhibit a formal flair. They speak to the changes we have experienced as a society in the last few decades--changes that often challenge our past strategies for resisting racism and, for African Americans, ways of relating to one another. The poems embrace a formal ambiguity that echoes the uncertainty these shifts produce, while reveling in language play that enables readers to laugh to keep from crying. They move through nostalgia, even as they insist on being alive to the present and point longingly towards possible futures.

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ISBN:
9780819572875
Author:
Shockley, Evie
Publisher:
Wesleyan University Press
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Subject:
Poetry/African American
Publication Date:
20120131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English

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