Blood

Blood

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by Shane McCrae
     
 

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Poetry. African American Studies. "Probably the real story of race in the United States (like all real stories) can only be written by a poet. And Shane McCrae has done it. BLOOD is an epic that spans three centuries. BLOOD is so formally innovative that you don't quite understand how it achieves its effects. BLOOD is so utterly clear it makes you cry. BLOOD is… See more details below

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Poetry. African American Studies. "Probably the real story of race in the United States (like all real stories) can only be written by a poet. And Shane McCrae has done it. BLOOD is an epic that spans three centuries. BLOOD is so formally innovative that you don't quite understand how it achieves its effects. BLOOD is so utterly clear it makes you cry. BLOOD is almost impossibly empathetic. Moving from sequences based on slave narratives and Federal Writers Project oral histories to monologues by white racists to autobiography and the poet's family history, BLOOD is beautiful and significant, subtle and blunt. It asks to be read and reread. We need this book."—Kathleen Ossip

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Publishers Weekly
★ 08/26/2013
McCrae’s second collection is a stunning lyric exegesis of blood, showing the blood in our bodies to be a text that inscribes the self with its legacy, life force, violence, and death. Bracketed by accounts of a slave uprising, the collection begins with the impaled heads of insurgents, “The white men recognized them mounted them/ to make the air/ Rotten and come from them/ Rotten/ the meat in their necks hanging down/ Like ivy on the gates of heaven,” and ends with the knowledge that “…you kill a man you can’t// murder him forever/ not even for that stretch of forever/ white folks own.” Throughout, McCrae draws on historical works, both primary accounts and scholarly texts, moving from an acutely brutal and keenly empathetic series of poems in the voice of a slave who has attempted escape with her family, to poems based on ex-slaves’ narratives and accounts of lynching and the voices of white racists. McCrae’s poetic line engages document and testimony with remarkable urgency and empathy while materializing the rift and trauma embedded in these histories. The collection makes its final shift into autobiography in a set of poems addressed to an estranged brother. As the poet’s gaze turns inward, the sense of selfhood seems to reach necessarily beyond the individual: “Our bodies we is always walking leaking/ like a ghost can’t be a body in one place.” (August)

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ISBN-13:
9781934819302
Publisher:
Noemi Press
Publication date:
04/01/2013
Pages:
94
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.30(d)

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