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Skin, Inc. : Identity Repair Poems
by Thomas Sayers Ellis


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The ambitious, combative, and spot-on new poetry book by Thomas Sayers Ellis, author of the award-winning "The Maverick Room"
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"""Naturally, this will scare "
"the civil rights out of some "
"and, for a mad-moment, empower "
"a great many wrong-cultured others.  Read more...


 
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Overview

The ambitious, combative, and spot-on new poetry book by Thomas Sayers Ellis, author of the award-winning "The Maverick Room"
""
"""Naturally, this will scare "
"the civil rights out of some "
"and, for a mad-moment, empower "
"a great many wrong-cultured others. "
""

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781555975678
  • ISBN-10: 1555975674
  • Publisher: Graywolf Press
  • Publish Date: August 2010
  • Page Count: 181
  • Dimensions: 9.26 x 7.38 x 0.81 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds


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Books > Poetry > American - General

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2010-07-26
  • Reviewer: Staff

Ellis's highly anticipated second collection has a bit of everything: poems in an array of forms--a concrete poem meditating on the English vowels and money, an abecedarian list of "Black Writing" terminology, a photo essay shot at the James Brown memorial at Harlem's Apollo Theatre; prose poems; meditations on New Yorker covers; and lots more. Throughout, Ellis (The Maverick Room) makes a complicated, often contradictory critique of race relations in America; he has as many self-corrections to put into practice, "sucker-punching I," as he does punches aimed at others: "One of these badass/ glorious days,/ the signs and negative sounds/ that worked against us/ will all begin their tenures/ of service.../ It has already begun with/ ‘Nigger' and ‘Bitch.' " While much of his work would be right at home on a spoken-word stage--Ellis is an extraordinary reader of his poems--he feels deeply uneasy about the pigeonholing of black poetry, "as if the craft of our/ inherited calling had only/ two camps of Blackness,/ ‘Academic' and ‘Spoken Word.' " This big book concludes with an amazing 35-page biography/elegy for Michael Jackson and the era through which he lived, and which he deeply affected. No doubt, this is a major book. (Sept.)

 
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