The Crown Ain't Worth Much

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Price
$16.00  $14.88
Publisher
Button Poetry
Publish Date
Pages
124
Dimensions
5.5 X 8.5 X 0.31 inches | 0.4 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781943735044

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About the Author

Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. He is the editor of Again I Wait For This To Pull Apart, an anthology of poems relating to music, released by Freezeray Press in 2015. His poetry has been published in Muzzle, Vinyl, PEN American, and various other journals. His essays and music criticism have been published in The FADER, Pitchfork, and The New York Times, and he is currently a columnist at MTV News. He has been nominated for the pushcart prize, and his poem Hestia won the 2014 Capital University poetry prize. He is a Callaloo Creative Writ

Reviews

"To pinpoint a highlight of the book is impossible. Every poem is honed, polished, and presented with utter rawness and defiance." Portland Book Review"
"Willis-Abdurraqib possesses a striking gift for merging pop culture with personal narrative." Publishers Weekly"
"Willis-Abdurraqib writes an ode to living, to the making of and the rediscovering of the self, and of home." Emmanuel Oppong-Yeboah, Winter Tangerine"
"THE CROWN AIN'T WORTH MUCH is not so much a book you read, but one you survive with Willis-Abdurraqib's compassionate, elegiac lyric gently pushing you forward through heartbreak and violence." Indiana Review"
"The poems are raw: some passionate, some distant, some laden with fear. But as a collection, they create a life that's almost as arresting as it is moving." Kelsey McKinney, Fusion"
"Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib's THE CROWN AIN'T WORTH MUCH leaves me contemplating the meanings of soul: communal soul (peep the breadth of cultural shout outs), rhythmic soul (peep the breadth of sound and syntax), and spiritual soul (peep the breadth of compassion). As titles like 'Ode to Drake, Ending with Blood in a Field' and 'At the House Party Where We Found Out Whitney Houston Was Dead' suggest, Willis-Abdurraqib bridges the bravado and bling of praise with the blood and tears of elegy. The soul of this magnificent book is dynamic, distinguished, and when called for, down and dirty. What a fresh, remarkable debut." Terrance Hayes"