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The Tenant of Fire: Poems (Pitt Poetry Series) Paperback – September 10, 2019
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—Linda Gregerson, from her Introduction to his chapbook Death of a Nativist
"Ryan Black is an exquisite craftsman whose material, I think, is time. The sounds it makes: of a speaker losing and accumulating breath in his attempts to record a personal and familial history of Queens, New York. That record is fleeting, fugitive, shaped by, and interested in, white, racialized (and thus violatory) conditions. These elegiac, capacious poems carry conflicting assertions. They are poems of reckoning and ‘awful silence.’ What species of fire can such friction create?"
“Plenty of poems are written about Manhattan and Brooklyn but not many about the outer boroughs of New York City. Ryan Black's excellent poems grow from his experience of south Queens, a place of varied ethnicity and economic classes, and such landmarks as Victory Field and Forest Park. That’s to say: a part of the City unknown to most tourists.”
About the Author
- Paperback : 85 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0822965909
- ISBN-13 : 978-0822965909
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Publisher : University of Pittsburgh Press; 1st edition (September 10, 2019)
- Item Weight : 4.8 ounces
- Language: : English
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