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Saeed Jones calls upon his experiences of life in the modern era as a queer Black man navigating internal and external threats, historic as well as futuristic, in an attempt to place himself within the confines of the social structure. And at the same time examining those confines to explore their origin and why they continue to be upheld.
Whether writing about Paul Mooney on Saturday Night Live or Little Richard’s exploitation within the record industry, Jones finds humor in pain and grace in loneliness resulting in moments of love and exaltation that rise up without warning.— From Jesse's Picks
Pierced by grief and charged with history, this new poetry collection from the award-winning author of Prelude to Bruise and How We Fight for Our Lives confronts our everyday apocalypses.
In haunted poems glinting with laughter, Saeed Jones explores the public and private betrayals of life as we know it. With verve, wit, and elegant craft, Jones strips away American artifice in order to reveal the intimate grief of a mourning son and the collective grief bearing down on all of us.
Drawing from memoir, fiction, and persona, Jones confronts the everyday perils of white supremacy with a finely tuned poetic ear, identifying moments that seem routine even as they open chasms of hurt. Viewing himself as an unreliable narrator, Jones looks outward to understand what's within, bringing forth cultural icons like Little Richard, Paul Mooney, Aretha Franklin and Diahann Carroll to illuminate how long and how perilously we've been living on top of fault lines. As these poems seek ways to love and survive through America's existential threats, Jones ushers his readers toward the realization that the end of the world is already here--and the apocalypse is a state of being.