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Words to Our Now: Imagination and Dissent Hardcover – November 15, 2005
"The Black Presidency"
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In these lyrical and powerful essays, Thomas Glave draws on his experiences as a politically committed, gay Jamaican American to deliver a searing condemnation of the prejudices, hatreds, and inhumanities that persist in the United States and elsewhere as both official policy and social reality. Exposing the hypocrisies and contradictions of liberal multiculturalism, Glave offers instead a politics of heterogeneity in which difference informs the theory and practice of democracy. At the same time, he experiments with language and form, blurring the lines between fiction and nonfiction, to provide a compelling model of creative writing as a tool for social change and humanity.
From the death of black gay poet Essex Hemphill to the revelations of abuse at Abu Ghraib, Glave puts forth a deeply moral and ethical understanding of human rights to make vital connections across nations, races, genders, and sexualities.
Thomas Glave is assistant professor of English at SUNY Binghamton. He is author of Whose Song? and Other Stories.
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To my ear, Glave's stylizations seem like explorations of expository "beauty". The essays seem to be asking how can the lyrical, iridescent syntax and diction counter and augment the often painful concepts of LGBT and black liberation that the essays take on?
Extreme rhetorical stylization like this is so different that the usual literary fare that some readers may give it pause. But the style does not diminish the substance of Glave's meaning or the excellence of many of these essays.
HOWEVER this is also one of the most rewarding books I have ever read. Glave has a unique style of prose that, while difficult, is beautiful and enriching in drawing you into his essays and works of fiction. It touches on so many topics important to the community from masculinity to homophobia to feminism and important works of literature.
I can't say it enought that this is a tough read. But if you can just stick with it it's so rewarding, elnlightening and rewarding that it sits on my shelf with Sun Tzu's THE ART OF WAR, Kahlil Gibran's THE PROPHET, and Red Pine's translation of THE HEART SUTRA