SUBWOOFER makes audible the deep bass of history, for this is a book of vibrant, honest listening: to the voices of Nina Simone, James Baldwin, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Basquiat; to those without names; to the sadness of loss and the bitter silences within privilege and racism; to the luck of being alive. This book of witness, elegy, and renewal makes a noise that is joyful, heartbreaking, and unforgettable. This book will appeal to students of poetry, to teachers of literature and their students, to teachers and students of African American history, to music and blues lovers, and to anyone interested in new voices in poetry that explore the ways that race, privilege, history, and music comment on one another, and intertwine.
About the Author
WESLEY ROTHMAN’s work has appeared in Copper Nickel, Gulf Coast, Harvard Review, New England Review, Prairie Schooner, and The Golden Shovel Anthology, among other venues. Recipient of a Vermont Studio Center fellowship, he teaches in Washington, DC, while pursuing a doctorate in literature.