Winner of the 2016 Yale Series of Younger Poets prize 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 emphaWinner of the 2016 Yale Series of Younger Poets prize 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.
Simulacra Winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets prize A fresh and rebellious poetic voice Airea D Matthews debuts in the acclaimed series that showcases the work of exciting and innovative young Amer
Watch out for this one Airea D Matthews is going to be one to reckon with I ve been trying over many years to read all of the Yale Series of Younger Poets This is the most powerful debut I ve read yet Science, spirituality, and Anne Sexton text messages from beyond.
Airea Dee Matthews s debut is one of the most indubitably groundbreaking and hard hitting poetry collections of the 21st century In a deeply gothic form of feminism, Matthews explores various aspects of domestic depression in ingenious and fresh ways exclusive to 21st century lifestyle, such as phone texts or musical play scripts Matthews interacts with her odd inhibitions through personas of her dead inspirations, including Gertrude Stein and Anne Sexton Matthews s intuitive wit, darkly satiric [...]
Favorite poems Letters to My Would be Lover on Geometry and Ponds, On Meeting Want for the First Time, Dodecaphony, Descent of the Composer, Sekhmet After Hours, Privileged Ghosts of Paris, and Psyche on Prozac.
Having just finished reading a moment ago, I am spellbound I cannot decide whether to immediately start reading it again, or write until the ink runs out
Virtuosic in form and language, Airea D Matthews s Simulacra reimagines numerous forms of communication, in lineated and prose poems haunted by ghosts and gods, both Egyptian and Greek, and the fragile imagined pasts we regard as memory and history, Matthews playfully and dynamically offering redacted epistles and beyond the grave sexting, dismantlings of so called holy scripture, and various engagements with texts from a panoply of writers, including Jean Baudrillard, Anne Sexton, Gertrude Stei [...]
This book assuredly is a fresh take on poetry respecting tradition and innovation simultaneously Surprisingly, it aroused raw emotions which were both unnervingly and sweetly satisfying I feel like I traveled through time, space, and participated in a bit of bold voyeurism.
My favorites were the ones in imagined text messages with Anne Sexton Beautiful, bold, and heartbreaking work.
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Playful, incisive, and energizing A lively mind and an open heart are at work here One of my favorite books of 2017.
Really interesting takes on form The content itself needs a lot of unpacking, so it needs than one read through, I think.
I gave this book the highest rating on the basis of just a few of the poems in it especially one about Anne Sexton The rest of the work I found mostly bland and uninteresting.
After just one read the poetry of Airea Matthews has already pushed something within me than most poetry can on initial introduction I m looking forward to reading deeper into it.