Poems of the Black Object
Ronaldo V. Wilson (Author)
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DescriptionPoetry. African American Studies. Asian American Studies. LGBT Studies. Winner of the Publishing Triangle's 2010 Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry and the 13th Annual Asian American Literary Award for Poetry. "I applaud Ronaldo Wilson's pathbreaking movement into what has never, never, in history, been said. About sexuality, in particular, these poems speak with incorrigible and raving clarity. And, always, they display intellectual curiosity, and an impatient, gorgeous readiness to make language new." Wayne Koestenbaum
"[A] warning to anyone tempted to believe that in objectification lies freedom. Livid inside an apocalyptic negative capability, these poems are constructed through their maker's deconstruction, and reading, I too, felt unmade." Claudia Keelan
"Ronaldo Wilson's POEMS OF THE BLACK OBJECT turns the parenthetical inside out, contents kicking and alive, person, race and being: where fate is in store in you, not for you, out there; in consciousness, and barely conscious, where consciousness is the accumulation of the scarcely discernible experiences. Wilson's poems captures states of person, the thinking being, the being thinking, the being perceived, and all the slippage between stages of person, Black and on the page, folding and unfolding layers of social construction." Erica Hunt
"The force here is in the erotic attachment between the human figures certainly but also (and more surprisingly) between history and present-day experience. Ronaldo Wilson teases the reader with earnestness while he refracts event and experience. The effect is dazzling. The poems are panoramic. One part slave narrative, one part pillow book, POEMS OF THE BLACK OBJECT is a triumph of the social lyric: violent, tender, absurd." G.E Patterson
"For all the disturbances examined in this intensely lucid book of bodily desire, dead porn stars, and the high art of human survival, the voice of these poems manages to maintain a kind of giddy composure. Perhaps the trick of it comes through his sense that, 'pattern organizes trauma, and so does speed.' It's not so fast, the pace here; we're made to look, to see, with shrewd intention. It's that Ronaldo Wilson's writing doesn't let you get too comfortable. It shifts experience and reckoning from poem to essay, theory to epistle, these intuitive modes of a person in search of a particular poetics, darting around sharp visions that could bloody or shine on the tempestuous landscape 'the black object' emerges from." Tisa Bryant"
October 15, 2009
5.9 X 0.4 X 7.9 inches | 0.45 pounds
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About the Author
Ronaldo V. Wilson, PhD, is the author of LUCY 72, Narrative of the Life of the Brown Boy and the White Man, POEMS OF THE BLACK OBJECT, and FARTHER TRAVELER: POETRY, PROSE, OTHER. The recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, the Ford Foundation, Kundiman, MacDowell, the National Research Council, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, the Center for Art and Thought, and Yaddo, Wilson is a mixed media artist, dancer and performer. RVW has performed in multiple venues--as LUCY--at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Lousiana State University's Digital Media Center Theater, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Reed College, CalArts, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Tube Factory artspace, University of Pittsburgh's Center for African American Poetry and Poetics, and Southern Exposure Gallery. Wilson is Associate Professor Creative Writing and Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz.