by Patricia Smith - £12.00 Bloodaxe Books Ltd (2019)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781780374710 | ISBN 10: 1780374712
2018 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award
2018 NAACP Image Award
Finalist 2018 Pulitzer Prize
Finalist Los Angeles Times Book Prize
Incendiary Art confronts the tyranny against the black male body and the tenacious grief of the mothers of murdered African American men. Dynamic sequences, including a compelling chronicle of the devastating murder of Emmett Till, serve as a backdrop for present-day racial calamities and calls for resistance. With impassioned eloquence and a sharpened focus on incidents of national mayhem and mourning, Patricia Smith reinvents the role of witness with an incendiary fusion of forms, including prose poems, ghazals, sestinas, and sonnets.
This phenomenal, visionary book addresses what is frightening, and what is revelatory, about history now.
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