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C.C. Paperback – June 21, 2002
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From Publishers Weekly
In six sections-"Calling Cards"; "Carded"; "Called Card"; "Cold Calls"; "Who Is It"; and "Tag"-Tyrone Williams forwards ("cc's") some serious correspondence in c.c. Beginning with torqued Web search sampling that takes Bob Hope as symbol of old guard hegemony ("discombobulated/ status qua `ad lib'... Hope dressed up in another caper"), Williams moves through, successively, a "fetal,/ misshapened, delegged/ future `i'," "Not de gustibus but homegoing, via Heaven's Gate," and "a relic amid the rattle of Charleston subways." From the zingers and, putdowns emerges a remarkable sensibility that purposefully seeks and synthesizes out of the way histories, commemorating figures like civil rights activist Ola Mae Quarterman, dancer Arthur Bell and Hayes Williams, a prisoner whose conviction was overturned by DNA evidence. Cimino's cinematic failure is thus just one force propelling these missives.
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About the Author
Tyrone Williams is the author of the poetry books THE HERO PROJECT OF THE CENTURY (The Backwaters Press, 2009), ON SPEC (Omnidawn, 2008), and C.C. (Krupskaya, 2002). His poetry chapbooks include Musique Noir (Overhere Press, 2006). AAB (Slack Buddha, 2004), and Futures, Elections (Dos Madres Press, 2004). His poems have been published in magazines, including Chicago Review, DENVER QUARTERLY, The Kenyon Review, Caliban, Colorado Review, and XCP. And his poems have been anthologized in anthologies, including RAINBOW DARKNESS: AN ANTHOLOGY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN POETRY (Miami University Press, 2005) and Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to the Present (Scribner, 2003). He received his doctorate of English from Wayne State University. He teaches at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan.
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