The Gilded Auction Block: Poems

The Gilded Auction Block: Poems

by Shane McCrae


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An incisive new collection of poetry on political and contemporary themes

I’m made of murderers I’m made

Of nobodies and immigrants and the poor

and a whole / Family the mother’s

liver and her lungs

In The Gilded Auction Block, the acclaimed poet Shane McCrae considers the present moment in America on its own terms as well as for what it says about the American project and Americans themselves. In the book’s four sections, McCrae alternately responds directly to Donald Trump and contextualizes him historically and personally, exploding the illusions of freedom of both black and white Americans. A moving, incisive, and frightening exploration of both the legacy and the current state of white supremacy in this country, The Gilded Auction Block is a book about the present that reaches into the past and stretches toward the future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374162252
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 02/12/2019
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Shane McCrae is the author of five previous books of poetry: In the Language of My Captor, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the William Carlos Williams Award; The Animal Too Big to Kill, winner of the 2014 Lexi Rudnitsky / Editor’s Choice Award; Forgiveness Forgiveness; Blood; and Mule. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. He teaches at Columbia University and lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

The President Visits the Storm

I Fight Him (Ann Parker)
Everything I Know About Blackness I Learned from Donald Trump
Black Joe Arpaio
Display Food
Sonnet for Desiree Fairooz Prosecuted for Laughing at Jeff Sessions’ Confirmation Hearing
We’ll Go No More a Roving
After Carrie Kinsey’s Letter to Theodore Roosevelt
If You See Something, Say Something
The Role of the Negro in the Work of Art
The Brown Horse Ariel
After a Photograph of a Town House in the Lafayette Park Residential District Detroit
Awaiting the Guns
Guns Will Be Guns

Remembering My White Grandmother Who Loved Me and Hated Everybody Like Me
Forgiveness Grief

The Hell Poem

The Monster Made of America Dreams of America
After the Skinny Repeal Is Voted Down


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