Kyle Dargan's new collection of poetry reflects his many passions as a poet, his deep engagement with what it means to work in the African American literary tradition, and his lively voice, infused with hip-hop sensibility and idiom.Skillfully blending vernacular and elegant diction, his clipped and reflective phrasings create animated poems that take on a myriad of concerns. Moving through such subjects as a midnight wait in the Washington, D.C., bus station, men on exhibit at the 1904 World's Fair, the sights and sounds of an Indiana karaoke bar, and an imagined escaped slave turned to stone, Dargan's work continually shifts lenses to examine an America increasingly stifled by dogmas and inept social categories. At the core of the book is compassion for the individuals who populate it, and from that compassion grows a hunger for the old identities, in which we encase ourselves, to come undone.
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(216mm x 140mm x 8mm)
University of Georgia Press
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Author Biography - Kyle Dargan
Kyle Dargan's previous collection of poems "Bouquet of Hungers" received the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and his debut collection, "The Listening," was the winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize. He is the former managing editor of "Callaloo" and the founder and current editor of "POST NO ILLS" magazine. He is an assistant professor of literature and creative writing at American University in Washington, D.C.