Fantasia for the Man in Blue


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$16.95  $15.76
Four Way Books
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5.9 X 9.0 X 0.6 inches | 0.55 pounds

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About the Author

A Cave Canem alumnus, Tommye Blount is the author of What Are We Not For (Bull City Press, 2016). A graduate of Warren Wilson College's MFA Program for Writers, he has been the recipient of scholarships and fellowships from Kresge Arts in Detroit and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. Born and raised in Detroit, Blount now lives in the nearby suburb of Novi, Michigan.


"We have waited a long time for a full collection of the evocative provocations of Tommye Blount to be released. Poem by poem Blount's first book has become one of the most anticipated books of poetry of his generation. Fantasia for the Man in Blue does not disappoint. It is a kaleidoscopic self-portrait, where the self is viewed from every vantage, inside out, then in again. Fearless in its observations. So fearless it makes us wince. So baring we can't help but see ourselves in this mirror. . . ."
--Vievee Francis
"With Fantasia for the Man in Blue, Tommye Blount captures the tension between what horrifies us as a nation and of what we crave to soothe the pain. An achievement of saying what needs to be heard at a time when there's so much chatter among us, Blount manages to cut through the din by directing us to the beauty that remains. Dear Tommye, thankfully, 'you are the disobedient one, / littering the spangled blue night / with your dark tear, ' which is a comfort. These poems, a cocktail not only of urban gothic but also of a sublime fantasia, will change how we listen to the world around us and teach us the uses of its enchantment."
--A. Van Jordan
"Tommye Blount's lyrics seem to live outside space and time, blending references to history, art, and contemporary concerns into expanding galaxies on the page...."--Diego Báez "ALA Booklist" (3/15/2020 12:00:00 AM)
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"Opening with a line from Hilton Al's essay 'GWTW, ' (shorthand for 'Gone with the Wind') the searing debut from Tommye Blount is magnetic and controlled. Through charged words, masterful line breaks, and ekphrasis and persona pieces, these poems blur the line between intimacy and violence...."

https: // Báez "Publishers Weekly starred review" (4/2/2020 12:00:00 AM)