Tommye Blount’s Fantasia for the Man in Blue orchestrates a chorus of distinct, unforgettable voices that speak to the experience of the black, queer body as a site of desire and violence. The speaker in Ricardo Alberto Maldonado’s The Life Assignment sorts through relationships, trying to discern what was healthy from what was exploitative, and asks: When tenderness is in short supply, how can one protect oneself? How can one find home? In Horsepower: Poems, Joy Priest explores the memories of her speaker – a mixed-race child being raised by her white supremacist grandfather in the shadow of Churchill Downs, Kentucky’s world-famous horseracing track – before arriving in a state of self-awareness to confront the personal and political landscape of a harshly segregated Louisville.
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