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Nonfiction

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Shane McCrae is the author of NONFICTION (Black Lawrence Press, 2014), BLOOD (Noemi Press, 2013), and MULE (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2010), and the chapbooks IN CANAAN (Rescue Press, 2011) and One Neither One (Octopus Books, 2009). His work has appeared in Fence, Gulf Coast, jubilat, African American Review, Agni, The American Poetry Review, DENVER QUARTERLY, Effing Magazine, Typo, and The Best American Poetry 2010. He holds degrees from Linfield College, the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, and Harvard Law School, and the University of Iowa. He is the recipient of a 2011 Whiting Writers' Award and a 2013 NEA Creative Writing Fellowship.
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  • Paperback: 29 pages
  • Publisher: Black Lawrence Press (April 10, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937854981
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937854980
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,084,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 1, 2014
Format: Paperback
Shane McCrae is an extraordinarily talented poet. His poems have been included in important collections and he has several books of his work published. His resume includes degrees from Linfield College, the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, and Harvard Law School, and the University of Iowa. He is the recipient of a 2011 Whiting Writers' Award and a 2013 NEA Creative Writing Fellowship.

But nothing prepares the reader for the sheer skill of his creative manipulation of words, his unique phrasing, his choices of placement of words on the page, and most important, the visceral power of his poetry. He is an African American artist who addresses slavery and imprisonment, bodily abuse, angst internally festering expressed in a manner that immediately draws pain as we read his words. He sings of the body abused, the body wondering, the body confused. It is such exquisitely written poetry that sharing an excerpt from this Black Lawrence Press book is mandatory to shed light on his talent.

THE FACE OF SOMEONE
Seeing for someone
In the house for company because
he what he does to my / Body he doesn't
want in the house

he hides the women in / He
hides the magazines in somewhere in / Where guests would never go
for company he what he does to me
He wants to keep private a me a secret even then /and even as a boy I knew
my body my / Black body wasn't
private wasn't couldn't be
Secret and even then / I knew
He what he did to me made me invisible /I didn't have
the blond face of a kidnapped child I had
the face of someone
Who brought it on himself

Watch this poet grow - he is very, very important. Grady Harp, July 14
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