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Semiautomatic - Wesleyan Poetry Series (Hardback)
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Semiautomatic - Wesleyan Poetry Series (Hardback)

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Hardback 104 Pages / Published: 14/11/2017
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Art can't shield our bodies or stabilize the earth's climate, but Evie Shockley's semiautomatic insists that it can feed the spirit and reawaken the imagination. The volume responds primarily to the twenty-first century's inescapable evidence of the terms of black life-not so much new as newly visible. The poems trace a whole web of connections between the kinds of violence that affect people across the racial, ethnic, gender, class, sexual, national, and linguistic boundaries that do and do not divide us. How do we protect our humanity, our ability to feel deeply and think freely, in the face of a seemingly endless onslaught of physical, social, and environmental abuses? Where do we find language to describe, process, and check the attacks and injuries we see and suffer? What actions can break us out of the soul-numbing cycle of emotions, moving through outrage, mourning, and despair, again and again? In poems that span fragment to narrative and quiz to constraint, from procedure to prose and sequence to song, semiautomatic culls semiautomatic culls past and present for guides to a hoped-for future.

Publisher: University Press of New England
ISBN: 9780819577436
Number of pages: 104
Dimensions: 241 x 178 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Evie Shockley burns up the page with her new collection.... semiautomatic is a 21st century survival guide, fierce and full of compassion."--Diana Whitney "San Francisco Chronicle" (2/26/2018 12:00:00 AM)
"[N]otable not only for the way it navigates questions of identity & politics, but for the variety & virtuosity of its use of form."--Robert Archambeau "The Hudson Review" (2/1/2018 12:00:00 AM)
--Robert Archambeau "The Hudson Review" (2/1/2018 12:00:00 AM)

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