Dark Days: Fugitive Essays

Dark Days: Fugitive Essays

by Roger Reeves
Dark Days: Fugitive Essays

Dark Days: Fugitive Essays

by Roger Reeves

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Overview

* WINNER OF THE 2024 GLCA NEW WRITERS AWARD FOR CREATIVE NONFICTION *

A crucial book that calls for community, solidarity, and joy, even in—especially in—these dark days


In his debut work of nonfiction, award-winning poet Roger Reeves finds new meaning in silence, protest, fugitivity, freedom, and ecstasy. Braiding memoir, theory, and criticism, Reeves juxtaposes the images of an opera singer breaking the state-mandated silence curfew by singing out into the streets of Santiago, Chile, and a father teaching his daughter to laugh out loud at the planes dropping bombs on them in Aleppo, Syria. He describes the history of the hush harbor—places where enslaved people could steal away to find silence and court ecstasy, to the side of their impossible conditions. In other essays, Reeves highlights a chapter in Toni Morrison’s Beloved to locate common purpose between Black and Indigenous peoples; he visits the realities of enslaved people on McLeod Plantation, where some of the descendants of those formerly enslaved lived into the 1990s; and he explores his own family history, his learning to read closely through the Pentecostal church tradition, and his passing on of reading as a pleasure, freedom, and solace to his daughter, who is frightened the police will gun them down.


Together, these groundbreaking essays build a profound vision for how to see and experience the world in our present moment, and how to strive toward an alternative existence in intentional community underground. “The peace we fight and search for,” Reeves writes, “begins and ends with being still.”


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781644452417
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Publication date: 08/01/2023
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 518,578
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Roger Reeves is the author of two poetry collections, King Me and Best Barbarian. His essays have appeared in Granta, the Yale Review, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of a Whiting Award, and teaches at the University of Texas at Austin.
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