Sho

Sho

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Author/Contributor(s): Kearney, Douglas
Publisher: Wave Books
Date: 04/06/2021
Binding: Paperback
Condition: NEW

2021 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST FOR POETRY


Eschewing series and performative typography, Douglas Kearney's Sho aims to hit crooked licks with straight-seeming sticks. Navigating the complex penetrability of language, these poems are sonic in their espousal of Black vernacular traditions, while examining histories, pop culture, myth, and folklore. Both dazzling and devastating, Sho is a genius work of literary precision, wordplay, farce, and critical irony. In his "stove-like imagination," Kearney has concocted poems that destabilize the spectacle, leaving looky-loos with an important uncertainty about the intersection between violence and entertainment.