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by Donny Jackson


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boy, the debut poetry collection by Donny Jackson—veteran poet, clinical psychologist, and Emmy Award-winning documentary television producer—is an awakening on an ocean floor of othering, be it color or gender or place, and rise from personae, to unflinching eyewitness, to a devastatingly personal emergence in a cultural tsunami, the swimmer gasping for air.

Compressed. Reflecting the eye of the documentarian who knows “i am news for not being new.” Coded. Asking “if this is innocent how much more erase would guilty be,” while channeling the assassinated passions of lives lost to state violence, lives lost to patriarchal violence. Unflinching. Calling us to be courageous and aware and generous enough to “stop and be music with me.”

- Peter J. Harris, founder, The Black Man of Happiness Project; author, The Black Man of Happiness: In Pursuit of My ‘Unalienable Right,’ winner, 2015 American Book Award

“Say their name. Say their name. Say their name. This is what Donny Jackson’s poems do. They say the names of the slain turned headlines and hashtags, but Jackson has immortalized them and their stories, which have become our stories. He places the reader in the cell with Kalief Browder, poolside with Dajerria Becton, and the home of a patrolman’s wife. His poems take us from Puerto Rico to Texas, while some poems contain the rhythm of a Hughes poem.”

- Luivette Resto, author of Ascension and Unfinished Portrait

“Donny Jackson’s boy has a way of ripping out your soul, shredding it, and nurturing it back to form an entirely new existence. His words are Powerful. Gripping. Devastating. Illuminating. Healing. You must experience boy.”

- Jim Clemente, author of Call Me God

“In Donny Jackson’s boy the reader is given an extraordinary gift. The opportunity to be equally stimulated both emotionally AND intellectually is rare contemporary creative writing. Donny masters it! From start to finish, you’ll think deeply and feel even deeper... culminating in a transformative and entirely unique journey. “

- Eboni K. Williams, Co-host, State of the Culture, author of Pretty Powerful: Appearance, Substance, and Success

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ISBN-13: 9781945681424
Publisher: Silver Star Laboratory LLC
Publication date: 02/14/2020
Pages: 158
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.37(d)

About the Author

Donny Jackson is a writer, performer, producer, and clinical psychologist based in Los Angeles. In addition to his spoken word plays, One Man Shown and salome: ten poems about one thing (Greenway Court Theatre, 2013 and 2019, respectively), Dr. Donny's poems have appeared in La Bloga Online Floricanto's 10 Best Poems of 2015 and -2017, Skin to Skin: a magazine for women of the LGBT community (, 2013), as well as multiple anthologies, including, The Border Crossed Us: An Anthology to End Apartheid (Vagabond Press, 2016; Winner of the 2016 International Latino Book Award for Best Anthology), and Incandescent Mind (Sadie Girl Press, Winter 2017). He is also an NAACP Image Award-winning producer and multiple Emmy Award-winning showrunner of documentary television.

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