The Subsequent Blues

The Subsequent Blues

by Gary Copeland Lilley

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781884800542
Publisher: Four Way Books
Publication date: 12/08/2004
Pages: 92
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Originally from Sandy Cross, North Carolina and now living in Chicago, GARY COPELAND LILLEY was a long-time resident of Washington, D. C., where he was a founding member of The Black Rooster Collective. He received the DC Commission on the Arts Fellowship for Poetry in 2000 and 1996. His stories and poems have been published in many journals and anthologies, including The African American Review, Drum Voice, The New Orleans Review, Eighty-eight, Gargoyle, Cabin Fever,and Beyond the Frontier. He earned a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, North Carolina in 2002 The Subsequent Blues is his first collection of poems.

Read an Excerpt

This is about nothing but the want:
a basket of wings/ extra hot sauce
a pitcher of light beer/ and standing
in front of the stage/ slidinga five
up her inner thigh
toward the yellow garter/ close enough
to kiss her ass/ she turns
and a heart is in my face
I can smell her sweat/ I can
almost taste from the jar of honey.

Table of Contents

Prelude to the Predicament • Ritual of the Bush • Sanctuaries for the Deacon's Sons • Oracle at the End of the Bar • Rudeboy in the Light • Our Lady of the Birds • The Autobiography of Marcella Ricks • Askari's Flow, the Free Style • All That Lazarus Jazz • King Elijah Gives Keisha the Recipe to Get Rid of Robert • King Elijah's Directions to the Graveyard • How to Cook Road Kill • The Pentecostal Minister • The New Resident Prostitute • Let the Devil First Ask One Question • There I Was Walking the Therapeutic Mile • If You're Looking in the Woods for Legba •The Parable of Not Paying Proper Tithes, Part 1 • The Parable of Not Paying Proper Tithes, Part 2 • The Parable of Not Paying Proper Tithes, Part 3 • The Beautician • Looking at Cheryl's Love • So I Come Back and Find that Now She's Taken the TV • For Sergeant Daniel Anderson, Airborne • A Sacrement for the Egun • The Blind Boys at the 9:30 Club • The King of the One-Legged Ass Kickers • Toast to Paul the Cat, Drugged In • My Head is a Mojo Bag • Putting the Match to the Cigarette • Divining the Intersection of Automobile and Dog • The Authority of Burnsides' Rule is on the Ass-Pocket of Whiskey • Offering to Oshun at the 55 Club • Voyeur • Who Sez Thunderbirds Can't Fly • Hitting It at The Paradise Apartments • Blackheart • (Not in the Rap Sheet or the Obituary) • Dear Jeffrey, I Don't Care if You're Crazy. • Report From Marcus, the Hearse Driver for Wilson's Funeral Home • The Ride from Ellington Bridge • My Bones Burning Down • High Point • Waiting for Harry • Riding with the Dragon • I'm Gonna Live Long Unless Something Kills Me • Prayer to Saint James Byrd of Jasper, Texas

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