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A poet’s final barbed compilation that pierces the inherited and self-inflicted experiences of masculinity The keen and jagged blade that is Kyle Dargan’s eye is drawn in Panzer Herz: A Live Dissection, the final poetic compilation of a lived and inherited masculinity. Dargan targets the armored heart, or “panzer herz”a site where desire, violence, family, politics, blackness, and capitalism all intertwine with gender. Pierced with the questionWhat if the heart, in the aforementioned capacity, was not a constricting vessel, struggling to withstand internal and external pressures, but instead was a space of release?the collection opens a cishet masculinity to the inquiries and explorations that the traditional conscription of gender discourages and often vilifies. I long to abandon this violent / vagrancy, but the roads . . . teem with other men who know / no training, who see upon me / my teachers’ marks and ache / for the elicitation of drawn steel. The denser blades of compassion and accountability are Dargan’s arms of choice to carry, and not conceal, the weapons he uses to probe his own heart and the hearts of the men and women who shaped him into a man that has been . . . and is unbecoming. The poetic paring of layered lines, the nicking of the process, these poems crimson the pageand not for scarlet spectacle. These versed incisions and sutures are the oeuvre dedicated to the outgrowing of the writer and the “man” that began it.
|Publisher:||Northwestern University Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
KYLE DARGAN is the author of Anagnorisis (TriQuarterly, 2018), which was awarded the 2019 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize and longlisted for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. He has received the Cave Canem Poetry Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and he was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Dargan is currently an associate professor of literature and assistant director of creative writing at American University. He also works as the books editor for Janelle Monáe’s creative company, Wondaland.