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This Glittering Republic Paperback – November 15, 2016
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About the Author
Quenton Baker is a poet and educator from Seattle. His current focus is the fact of blackness in American society. His work has appeared in Vinyl, Apogee, Poetry Northwest, The James Franco Review, and Cura and in the anthologies Measure for Measure: An Anthology of Poetic Meters and It Was Written: Poetry Inspired by Hip-Hop. Baker has an MFA in Poetry from the University of Southern Maine and is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee. He is a 2015-2016 Made at Hugo House fellow and the recipient of the 2016 James W. Ray Venture Project Award. He is also the author of the chapbook Diglossic in the Second America from Punch Press. This Glittering Republic is his first full-length collection.
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‘This Glittering Republic’ is stylistically experimental, yet rooted in form and rhythm, and reminiscent of writers Jean Toomer, Claudia Rankine, Mahmoud Darwish, and Etheridge Knight. In ‘This Glittering Republic’ repetition creates momentum. Refrain makes song. The contrapuntal expresses multitudes, 13 Ways is remade, and elegies pay tribute to robbed lives. Every word is measured breath. The poems are visually intriguing with white space acting as canvas for vivid scripts.
‘This Glittering Republic’ interweaves personal history, truth-telling as dissention, love as praise, reclaiming innocence, unforgetting, holiness, mattering.