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Saeed Jones

Teoksen How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir tekijä

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Image credit: Saeed Jones at BookExpo at the Javits Center in New York City, May 2019. By Rhododendrites - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=79387604

Tekijän teokset

How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir (2019) — Tekijä — 549 kappaletta
Prelude to Bruise (2014) 164 kappaletta
Alive at the End of the World (2022) 82 kappaletta
When the Only Light Is Fire (2011) 22 kappaletta
ZZ (2021) 2 kappaletta

Associated Works

African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song (2020) — Avustaja — 176 kappaletta
The Best American Poetry 2015 (2015) — Avustaja — 97 kappaletta
Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color (2018) — Avustaja — 88 kappaletta
Queer Nature: A Poetry Anthology (2022) — Avustaja — 16 kappaletta
Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology (2018) — Avustaja — 9 kappaletta

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A collection suffused with physicality, which begins with a prologue poem of incarnation, one of my favorites in the volume: Heard you crack open the field's skull/where you landed.//Halo of smoke ruined the sky/and you were a body now//naked and bruised in the cratered cotton./Could have been a meteorite//except for those strip-mined eyes, each/a point of fossilized night.//Bringing water and a blanket,/I asked, "Which of your lives is this,//third or fifth?" Your answer, blues/a breeze to soak my clothes//in tears.

After the prologue the poems are divided up into four sections, after which follows a couple of codas. In the first section, home, childhood, breaking free. Red is at the end of black. Pitch-black unthreads/and swings garnet//in what I thought was home. I'm climbing/out of my father.

In the second, racial and sexual awakening, and self-loathing. In "Jasper, 1998", on the dragging death of James Byrd, Jr.: I speak/in the language of sharp turns. ... Hear me, Jasper./Hear me for miles. About a lover, in "He Thinks He Can Leave Me": and his darkness/mistakes me//for sunrise.

In the third, unsuccessful relationships, and struggling with loneliness. Straight, no chaser, a joke in our bed/but I stopped laughing; all those empty bottles,//kitchen counters covered with beer cans/and broken glasses. To realize you drank//so you could face me the morning after,/the only way to choke down rage at the body//sleeping beside you. What did I know/of your father's backhand or the pine casket//he threatened to put you in? Then, In my empty bed, I dreamed//the record's needle pointed into my back,/spinning me into no one's song.

In the fourth: death. In "Mississippi Drowning", Let me show you how//to make your lungs/a home for minnows, how//to let them flicker//like silver//in and out of your mouth/like last words..., and in "Hour Between Dog & Wolf", In an hour colored tourmaline, I mistake your guitar/for a body in sleep and smash you into effigy,//splinter your way back into my skin.

The coda gives us "History, According to Boy" which reads as an autobiographical prose-poem of growing up black and gay, and finally "Last Portrait as Boy", which hopefully signals growth beyond the hard struggle witnessed thus far, summarized in one of the earlier poems as Half this life I've spent falling out of fourth-story windows.

Strong and enjoyable collection.
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lelandleslie | 5 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 24, 2024 |
Heartbreaking and uplifting. A coming-of-age story and a portrait of filial love.
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imjustmea | 15 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Dec 23, 2023 |
Excellent. The collection is put together well, and there are several stand-out pieces. The few I'd read in publications before this were just as good again, and important to the overall narrative. For some reason the poem about kudzu is the one haunting my memory right now.
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Kiramke | 5 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 27, 2023 |
Compelling and Beautiful Memoir

I've followed Saeed Jones on Twitter for a while now and preordered this book. It happened to be released on my mother's birthday, the day I spend remembering her and grieving her loss. This book was hard to read in all the best ways.
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atlsjohnson | 15 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 29, 2022 |



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