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Detroit Lakes Public Library 811.6 KLE (Text) 33500013500194 New Available -
Moorhead Public Library 811.6 KLE (Text) 33500013500202 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781571315168
  • ISBN: 1571315160
  • Physical Description: 73 pages ; 23 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota : Milkweed Editions, 2021.

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
One -- End of Class -- Source of My Confidence -- The American Variety -- I Love My Neighbors as I Love Myself -- After you left -- Superman and My Brother, Spiderman and Me -- After they left -- A Simple Question -- Seismic Activities -- Sustenance -- Adaptation -- Ode to My Mother's Face -- In Convenience -- Gloria Mundi -- Two -- Coniferous Fathers -- Gestation Fantasy -- Arterial -- Confluence -- Lost in the Crowd -- Innocence as Collateral -- Back in Huntington -- My Ultimate Thought Is This -- What Name for This? -- Man Dies After Coma -- Grinding Down to Prayer -- Fixtures -- America Is Loving Me to Death -- Three -- Ars Poetica -- Postcard from the Bottom of a Lake -- Worldly Things -- Here All Alone -- Access -- Postcard to Sean -- Prestidigitation -- Adoration -- Embouchure -- Structural Fatigue -- Dispatch from Middle America -- Dormancy -- The Grove -- Every Mourning.
Summary, etc.:
"Worldly Things is the 2020 winner of the Max Ritvo Poetry Prize, selected by Henri Cole"-- Provided by publisher.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 June #1
    This debut poetry collection shines with moments of unexpected brilliance in scenes of domesticity, rural life, and African American experiences. Alternating between poems composed in tight single stanzas and extended couplets, Kleber-Diggs revels in evocative simplicity. In Source of My Confidence, the speaker sneaks into his neighbor's garden to water her plants and delivers this final line, A gentle wind / surrounds me like a robe. In another poem, the speaker invokes arboreal metaphors to plead for new forms of fatherhood: Let's grow fathers from pine, not oak, coniferous // fathers raising us in their shade, fathers soft enough / to bend. Other poems strike more difficult notes, such as one poignant depiction of a Black boy's disciplinary fate (Canary in a coalmine, negro in the pipeline, / his life is full of cages) and an utterly devastating portrait of a past president in the form of twisted Narcissus (Tangerine flesh. His hair is tragicomedy, but he's / rich in a land where wealth makes winners). A stunning new poetic voice similar to John Murillo and Tommye Blount. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Michael Kleber-Diggs was born and raised in Kansas and now lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. His work has appeared in Lit Hub, the Rumpus, Rain Taxi, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Water~Stone Review, Midway Review, North Dakota Quarterly and a few anthologies. Michael teaches poetry and creative nonfiction through the Minnesota Prison Writers Workshop.

Subject: American poetry > 21st century.
American poetry.
Genre: Poetry.
Poetry.

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