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ISBN-10: 1938584023
ISBN-13: 9781938584022
Edition: N/A
Authors: Jamaal May
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Description: "After so much contemporary writing that seems all flash, no mind and no heart, these poems show how close observation of the world and a gift for plain-spoken, but eloquent speech, can give to poetry both dignity and largeness of purpose."—Tom  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.95
Publisher: Alice James Books
Publication date: 11/19/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 80
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

"After so much contemporary writing that seems all flash, no mind and no heart, these poems show how close observation of the world and a gift for plain-spoken, but eloquent speech, can give to poetry both dignity and largeness of purpose."—Tom SleighIn Jamaal May's debut collection, the human body is machine, manufactured in the motor city, alive with the urban sounds and beats. Poems buzz and purr like well-oiled chassis. Grit and trial and song thrum through each line. Tight syntax, finely tuned internal rhyme, and punchy consonants percuss each poem's beat like an unfailing 808 drum.From "Mechanophobia: Fear of Machines":There is no work left for the husks.Automated welders like us,your line replacements, can't expectsympathy after our brightarms of cable rust over. So comecollect us for scrap, grind us upin the mouth of one of us.Let your hand pry at the accesspanel with the edge of a knife,silencing the motor and thrum.Jamaal May was raised by two auto workers in Detroit, Michigan, where he eventually taught poetry in public schools. After making a living as a self-taught poet and musician, Jamaal went on to publish two chapbooks, earn an MFA from Warren Wilson, and be featured in Callaloo, Indiana Review, Blackbird, and Michigan Quarterly Review, among other journals, films, and broadcasts. He's the recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem, Callaloo, and Bucknell University, where he was named the 2011–2013 Stadler Fellow.

Jamaal May is a Cave Canem Fellow, Callaloo Fellow and graduate from Warren Wilson’s MFA for writers. He is the author of a poetry chapbook (The God Engine, Pudding House Press, 2009) and editor of the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook Series. His work appears in Callaloo, Indiana Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Blackbird and Verse Daily among many other journals. May has received two scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, and he was a finalist for the 2010 and 2011 Ruth Lilly Fellowship. Currently, he is the 2011-2013 Stadler Fellow at Bucknell University. May is a three-time Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam Champion, two-time Detroit Slam Champion, and two-time Individual World Poetry Slam finalist. He has coached three Brave New Voices youth slam teams, taught poetry classes through the Inside Out Literary Arts Project, and given readings, lectures and workshops at Norte Dame, Cornell, Indiana University, University of California, and other schools around the country.

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