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LUCY NEGRO, REDUX: The Bard, a Book, and a Ballet Paperback – March 12, 2019

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From Chapter 16: “While the premise of Lucy Negro, Redux might be academic, the collection couldn’t be further from the kind of antique manuscripts that may only be touched with gloves. These poems are tangible, very much of our own turbulent world. As the first poem, “BlackLucyNegro I,” explains, “she’s become an Other / way to talk about skin.” Williams pulls Lucy’s story into this world, examining both historical and contemporary problems of racism. This is a vital book, at once capable of searing insight and complex emotion. The poems speak to our time while giving voice to a ghost.” - Erica Wright Full review: https://chapter16.org/not-a-partridge-or-a-ruby/

From Cider Press Review: “As radical as the integration of Sally Hemmings’ descendants into Jefferson family reunions is Black Luce’s integration into the poetic ideals of the sonnet. There is more than cursing in Black Luce’s power. She manages to bless all her pan-African daughters. If “Lucy own her body/She run many other” as Williams reports, through Lucy, all young women of color embody the platonic ideal of Western Civilization’s finest love elegies. Through Williams’ reclamation of Shakespeare, African diasporic literature grows redolent with the possibility of being simply good literature without identity subdivisions, as worthy as Shakespeare, not other but Cleopatra to his Anthony, beloved for its narrative skill as Othello was to Desdemona, not separated, just elbow-to-elbow with the greats at the lunch counter, individual but never parenthetical. Buy this radical collection of poetry. Steal it if you must. Read it at all costs.” - Ann Babson Full review: http://ciderpressreview.com/reviews/a-welcome-bridge- lucy-negro-redux-by-carolyn-randall-williams-marches-on-shakespeare-for-black-southern-writers/#.WyAhxyMrKCg

From BookSlut: “Lucy Negro, Redux is a proud rallying cry of freedom and delight in the sublime magic of Blackness. Randall Williams is keen on dismantling the trope of the Black woman as the Mule of the World, a voiceless pleasure thing. Combining history with honesty and the sting of personal memories, Lucy is no man's "exotic" land to claim. She rises above, radical mortal instrument of God's beauty.” - Vanessa Willoughby. Full review: http://www.bookslut.com/poetry/2015_09_021280.php


Caroline Randall Williams' debut collection of poetry, Lucy Negro, Redux, is a fearless, mesmerizing accomplishment. Brilliant, sensual, and always powerful, Lucy Negro, Redux dares us (and all Others) to gaze directly at the complex silhouette of beauty shackled inside of Shakespeare's famous 'Dark Lady Sonnets', and the playwright's own shrouded avowal "...I will declare that Beauty herself is black". Explicit in imagination and invention, Williams' achievement in these pages examines the (mis)coded vernacular of desire and its relationship to blackness, in plain sight. Black Luce, no longer stranded and silenced in a colorless narrative, blazes and burns with agency in Williams' symphonic odium of desire, race, and history. Williams writes, "Lucy, Lucy, even you's God's flesh."/This world ain't wanna see that yet." As Williams' (and Lucy's) readers, we are asked to witness the piecing vision of this collection, which is astute in its nuanced gaze at the psyche of poetry as flesh. Dazzling in ambition, Lucy Negro, Redux draws back the bright skin of language to reveal a raw and original (Blk!) nerve. ―  Rachel Eliza Griffiths (Author of Mule and Pear, winner of the 2012 Black Caucus American Library Association’s Inaugural Poetry Award):

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  • Item Weight : 8 ounces
  • Paperback : 119 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0997457821
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0997457827
  • Dimensions : 5.2 x 0.5 x 8.1 inches
  • Publisher : Third Man Books (March 12, 2019)
  • Language: : English
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