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A whimsical and “devastatingly effective” (Washington Post) collection that captures the spirit of travel and pays homage to heritage.In his fourth collection, a breakthrough volume, Major Jackson appropriates the vernacular notion of “rolling deep” to capture the spirit of aesthetic travel that defines these forceful new poems and brazenly announces his steady accretion of literary and artistic influences, both formal and experimentalhis “crew.” The confident and radiant poems in Roll Deep address a range of topics, most prominently human intimacy and war. And like his best work to date, these poems create new experiences with language owed to Jackson’s willingness to once again seek a rhythmic sound that expresses the unique realities of the twenty-first century with humor and understanding. Whether set in Nairobi, Madrid, or Greece, the poems are sensuously evocative and unapologetically with-it, in their effort to build community across borders of language and style.From Urban Renewal, “The Dadaab Suite”:
I have come to Dadaab like an actor on a press release, unprepared for the drained faces of famine-fleeing refugees, my craft’s glamour dimmed by hundreds of infant graves, children whose lolling heads’ final drop landed on their mothers’
backs like soft stones. What beauty can I spell in this swelter of dust?
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
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About the Author
Major Jacksonis the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, among other honors. He teaches at the
University of Vermont and is the poetry editor of the Harvard Review. His first book, Leaving Saturn, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award. Each of his last two collections, Hoops and Holding Company, was a finalist for the
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature–Poetry. He lives in South