By Sean Hill
From the poet whose wonderful debut used to be praised as "transcendent" through Kevin younger and "steadily convinced" via Carl Phillips, Dangerous Goods tracks its speaker all through North the United States and out of the country, illuminating the ways that domestic and position could inhabit each other with ease or uncomfortably — or either at the same time. From the Bahamas, London, and Cairo, to Bemidji, Minnesota, and Milledgeville, Georgia, Sean Hill interweaves the modern with the historic, and explores with urgency the connection among shuttle, migration, alienation, and residential. the following, playful "postcard" poems addressed to Nostalgia and My 3rd weigh down this present day take a seat along strong reflections at the immigration of African american citizens to Liberia in the course of and after the period of slavery. Such variety and formal innovation make Hill's moment assortment either infrequent and exhilarating. half shadowbox, half migration map, half travelogue-in-verse, Dangerous Goods is poignant, stylish, and deeply moving.
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Liberia (created for these fogeys freed after being owned prior to being born) and outdated Sandy Gannoway by no means embraced as mom and lengthy misplaced son back domestic; it couldn’t carry him the way in which the land of his fathers, vendors and owned, hung on. the place outdated Sandy Gannoway can conceive of demise as every guy needs to is the land he is familiar with like his wife’s hands. sixty eight Where does domestic come from —the similar position as race? guy is often inventing issues comparable to international locations like Liberia and the United States, the place Sandy used to be freed after being owned prior to being born. sixty nine POSTCARD TO NOSTALGIA whilst did my existence turn into the stuff of nostalgia? I overheard a man within the bar at the nook ask his beer the opposite day. I didn’t be aware of you had a brand new beau. And this one’s lengthy distance too. He jogs my memory of my more youthful brother, who while a lot more youthful sputtered within the ocean after the ﬁrst wave took the land he were status on, waterlogged and hornswoggled, his goggles now round his neck, now not a greenhorn to what’s to come back or what can come to move. during this new urban my barber insists on slicing my hair to reduce my thinning, eager to come again to a me he didn’t understand. I’ve taken to wearing phrases in my pocket on a slip of paper. each one morning I re-examine them and back at midday and hour of darkness. they're my final phrases or what I intend my final phrases to be. 70 BEMIDJI BLUES Desire’s so much seductive promise isn't really excitement yet swap, no longer that you just may perhaps own your item yet that you just may turn into the one that belongs with it. —JAMES RICHARDSON VECTORS: APHORISMS & TEN-SECOND ESSAYS BEMIDJI IN SPRING within the ﬁrst urban at the finally amazing Mississippi ice ﬁshing is day by day, the ice darkening, eco-friendly like a bruise, in accordance with the locals —speaking to anything deeper than the lake. Why now not funds or envy or leaves in deep summer time or my fancy distant from this heart position, just a little glass, damaged wine bottle say, forged overboard at sea eco-friendly opposed to blue tumbling again to shore a frosted shard simply because I don’t bruise that means. At any expense it shrinks, melting from the sides, changing into an island to which the gulls go back, shrieking with spring. seventy three PENUMBRA Over the clerk’s shoulder, out the window framing little outdated Bemidji, Minnesota, 9 men, all knees, legs, and simplicity, go with the flow through on bicycles, occupying the body at a time, pedaling alongside the sidewalk on Paul Bunyan force. every one of them black and with me we make up virtually one-sixteenth (like a degree in carpentry or miscegenation) of the county’s black inhabitants. attempting to stability the equation, my query searching for a solution. kin reunion? My lengthy misplaced cousins? during this folktale I ﬂash again to my stroll the day gone by alongside the outdated Indian path (brown with leaf clutter now that the snow has long gone) by means of the lake now brown and ﬂuid. 9 coots swim alongside the lakeshore paddling, gliding with grace (harmony of the ﬁrmament) digniﬁed black birds with white money owed— a constellation or a cellular over a baby’s crib and the baby’s achieving. jogs my memory of geese falling in line on the carnival taking pictures gallery like that man who shot his specimens with a gun toppling with a ding seventy four like the sport express correct solution who's John James Audubon?