A Brave, Brilliant Debut About The African American Experience In The American Midwest A Contemplation Of Race, Masculinity, Religion, And Class, Testify In A Very Personal Way Confronts Some Of The Most Critical Issues In Today S Society.A Book Of Elegiac Ambivalence, Testify S Speaker Often Finds Himself Trapped Between Received Binaries Black And White, Ghetto And Suburban, Atheism And Catholicism In Many Ways, This Work Is A Bildungsroman Detailing The Maturation Of A Black Man Raised In The Crack Laden 1980s, With Hip Hop, Jazz, And Blues As Its Soundtrack Rendered With Keen Attention To The Economic Decline Of The Midwest Due To The Departure Of The Automotive Industry, This Book Portrays The Speaker Wrestling With His City S Demise, Family Relationships, Interracial Love, And Notions Of Black Masculinity Never Letting Anyone, Including The Speaker, Off The Hook, Testify Refuses Sentimentality And Didacticism And Dwells In A Space Of Uncertainty, Where Meaning And Identity Are Messy, Complicated, And Multivalent. No, the present presses and mints the past into a gold coin you can t spend anywhere Douglas Manuel s poems explore uncomfortable boundaries navigating a black identity across and in between class, race, and gender expectations. Shit This book of poetry and its awesomeness can t be overstated Manuel s approach in handling loss, in handling contradiction, in handling interracial relationships, at the ways we have to just be is masterfully done throughout I think Give Me My Mamma Back particularl
During my current foray into poetry which I have avoided for most of my life because of all the bad poetry encountered in zines and those pretentious poets one comes across in life I ve read some gems I couldn t get into this one as much Don t get me wrong thi
I loved these poems Douglas Manuel has written one of the best collections I have read yet.
- Douglas Manuel
- 07 June 2017 Douglas Manuel