Punks (Paperback)

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"Punks is utterly brilliant ... Keene's masterfully inventive inquiry of self and history is queered, Blackened and joyously thick with multitudes of voice and valence." --Tyehimba Jess

A landmark collection of poetry by acclaimed fiction writer, translator and MacArthur Fellow John Keene, Punks: New & Selected Poems is a generous treasury in seven sections that spans decades and includes previously unpublished and brand new work. With depth and breadth, Punks weaves together historic narratives of loss, lust, and love. The many voices that emerge in these poems--from historic Black personalities, both familial and famous, to the poet's friends and lovers in gay bars and bedrooms--form a cast of characters capable of addressing desire, oppression, AIDS and grief through sorrowful songs that "we sing as hard as we live." At home in countless poetic forms, Punks reconfirms John Keene as one of the most important voices in contemporary poetry. This collection was the 2022 winner of the National Book Award for Poetry, the Thom Gunn Award for Gay poetry and the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry.
John Keene (born 1965) was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2018. In 1989, Keene joined the Dark Room Writers Collective, and is a Graduate Fellow of the Cave Canem Writers Workshops. He is the author of Annotations and Counternarratives, both published by New Directions, as well as several other works: including the poetry collection Seismosis, with artist Christopher Stackhouse, and a translation of Brazilian author Hilda Hilst's novel Letters from a Seducer. Keene is the recipient of many awards including the Windham-Campbell Prize, the Whiting Foundation Prize, the Republic of Consciousness Prize and the American Book Award. He teaches at Rutgers University-Newark.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781737277521
ISBN-10: 1737277522
Publisher: Song Cave
Publication Date: December 1st, 2021
Pages: 234
Language: English