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Matthews, Airea D., author.
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Poems. Selections
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New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, [2017]

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xviii, 80 pages ; 20 cm.
A fresh and rebellious poetic voice, Airea D. Matthews debuts in the acclaimed series that showcases the work of exciting and innovative young American poets. Matthews's superb collection explores the topic of want and desire with power, insight, and intense emotion. Her poems cross historical boundaries and speak emphatically from a racialized America, where the trajectories of joy and exploitation, striving and thwarting, violence and celebration are constrained by differentials of privilege and contemporary modes of communication. In his foreword, series judge Carl Phillips calls this book "rollicking, destabilizing, at once intellectually sly and piercing and finally poignant." This is poetry that breaks new literary ground, inspiring readers to think differently about what poems can and should do in a new media society where imaginations are laid bare and there is no thought too provocative to send out into the world.
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Winner of the 2016 Yale Series of Younger Poets prize.
Foreword / Meeting want. Rebel prelude - The mine owner's wife - Letters to my would-be lover on geometry and ponds - Temptation of the composer - HERO(i)N - On meeting want for the first time - The good dentist's wife - Meeting Anne Sexton -- ...And repeating. Sexton texts a dead addict's daughter during Polar vortex - Meeting want (again) - An ingenue texts Sexton before the honey moon - From the pocket of his lip - Sexton texts a backslider after breaking lent - Rebel opera - Pious - Sekhment's conceit - Select passages from The holy writ of us - Letters to my would-be lover on dolls and repeating - Blind calculus (from Barthes' A lover's discord) - Quiet desperation texts Sexton on Independence Day - The lover problem in analogue (from Wittgenstein's Lost black book) - Confessions from here - Dodecaphony - Can? (from Wittgenstein's Lost black book) -- Who. If my late grandmother were Gertrude Stein - Descent of the composer - Sexton texts Tituba from a bird conservatory - Narcissus tweets - Sekhmet after hours - Privileged ghosts of Paris - Anne Sexton checks the composer's vitals (from the archived transcripts) - Psyche on Prozac - Sekhmet's query - Rebel fugue -- Notes -- Acknowledgments.
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