By Rickey Laurentiis
Winner of the 2014 Cave Canem Poetry Prize
Finalist for the 2017 Kate Tufts Discovery Award
In a panorama straight away the brutal American South because it is the brutal brain, Boy with Thorn interrogates the genesis of all poetic creation—the mind's eye itself, wondering what function it performs in either our fascinations with and repulsion from a countrywide historical past of racial and sexual violence. the private and political crash into one language the following, gothic because it is supple, meditating on visible paintings and fantasy, to wish, the perform of lynching and storm Katrina. regularly at its heart, even though, is the poet himself—confessing a double track of enjoyment and inevitable pain.
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