neckbone: visual verses

neckbone: visual verses


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The “blk alter” of Avery R. Young’s poetic vision makes its stunning debut in a multidisciplinary arsenal entitled, neckbone: visual verses. Young’s years of supernatural fieldwork within the black experience and the gospel of his transitions between poetry, art and music, become the stitch, paint brush, metaphor, and narrative of arresting visual metaphors of childhood teachings and traumas, identity, and the personal reverence of pop culture’s beauty and beast. A mastermind in a new language of poetry, that engages and challenges readers to see beyond the traditional spaces poems are shaped and exist, Young’s neckbone extends tentacles in literature, art, and activism--redefining the collective and the sermon of the “blk” experience.  

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810140523
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publication date: 06/15/2019
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 768,912
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

avery r. young is best known as a poet, songwriter, performer, and multidisciplinary artist. He is also an award-winning teaching artist who mentors youth in creative writing and theater. He has been an Arts and Public Life Artist-in-Residence at the University of Chicago and has written curricula for Columbia College Chicago, Young Leeds Authors, True Star Magazine, and the Chicago Public Schools Art Integration Department. young’s poems and essays on HIV awareness, misogyny, race records, and art integration have been published in The BreakBeat Poets, The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks, AIMPrint: New Relationships in the Arts and Learning, and other anthologies.

His album booker t. soltreyne: a race rekkid combines his poetry and sound design to discuss matters of race, gender, and sexuality in America during the Obama Era. Avery’s work in performance, visual text, and sound design has been featured in several exhibitions and online publications---notably The Hip Hop Theatre Festival, The Museum of Contemporary Art, and American Jazz Museum. He currently works as a teaching artist, mentoring Rebirth Youth Poetry Ensemble and performing with his band, de deacon board.

Table of Contents


3rd grade lil blkerything writes him first poem
1982: donna summer 9before de good lawd was in her bidness
ars poetica 
... pickin up leave(s)
[kittahawa’s lullaby] 
mama thomas dies ...
title track
labelle I
aunt esther us(es) skin-rite complexion corekk(or) to look like Josephine Baker &/or Elizabeth
big mama in the shoe store 
father's day
[billie holiday]
booker t. soltreyne: a race rekkid
dick gregory poem
emory draw(s) a puddy tat
labelle II
fly on wallpaper 
nina & fat fight
fount nina simone
race muzik (e.z. to produce) - alternate take
funk & wagnalls
labelle III
rodney king
gotta lightskin(id) friend look like Rachel Dolezal
uncle perry teaches me to pee
 after paul mooney
race muzik (e.z. to produce)
lead in de wattah
pigeons are blk doves
one step
emmett (til de remix)

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