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5.8 X 8.8 X 0.3 inches | 0.25 pounds

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About the Author
MARCUS WICKER, recipient of a Ruth Lilly fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and a Cave Canem fellowship, is the National Poetry Series-winning author of Maybe the Saddest Thing. Wicker's poems have appeared in The Nation, Poetry, the Boston Review, and more.

"There is not a moment in this book when you are allowed to forget the complexities of a black man's life in America. These poems evoke so much--strength, beauty, passion, fear. There is the quiet, ironic pleasure of life on a cul-de-sac juxtaposed with the tensions of always wondering when a police officer's gun or fists might get in the way of the black body. The stylistic range of these poems, the wit, and the intelligence of them offers so much to be admired. There is nothing silent about Silencer. What an outstanding second book from Marcus Wicker." --Roxane Gay "In bold, brash, open-hearted poems delivered with satisfying sass, Wicker reflects on simply being while black.... both caustically funny and emblematic of someone wanting to be himself in a society that makes it so very hard. Highly recommended."--Library Journal, starred review "[Silencer] is a force to be reckoned with. In it, Wicker writes--at times with fury, at others with tenderness and sorrow--of his America... Over and over, Wicker's rage alchemizes into a stunning rhythmic lifeblood that gives pulse to every verse. And yet, woven throughout the collection are gentler lines, too, ones of warmth and of love, that will break your heart twice over."--The Paris Review, Staff Picks "Marcus Wicker's masterful and hard-hitting second collection Silencer is exactly the book we need in this time of malfeasance, systemic violence, and the double talk that obfuscates it all. Wicker's poems have the wit and rhythmic muscle to push back against the institutional flim-flam. He writes the kinds of vital, clear-eyed poems we can turn to when codeswitching slogans and online power fists no longer get the job done. These are poems whose ink is made from anger and quarter notes. They remind us that to remain silent in the face of aggression is to be complicit and to be complicit is not an option for any of us." --Adrian Matejka, author of The Big Smoke and finalist for the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize "Tough talk for tough times. Silencer is both lyrical and merciless-Wicker's mind hums in overdrive, but with the calm and clarity of a marksman. You have to read these poems." --Tim Seibles, author of One Turn Around the Sun "Silencer is an important book of American poetry: wonderfully subtle, wholly original, and subversive. Politics and social realities aside, this is foremost a book that delights in language, how it sounds to the ear and plays to the mind. We have suburban complacency played against hip-hop resistance, Christian prayers uttered in the face of dread violence, real meaning pitted against materialism, and love, in its largest measure, set against ignorance. To say Silencer is a tour de force would be an understatement. What a work of true art this is, and what a gift Marcus Wicker has given to us."--Maurice Manning, author of One Man's Dark and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize "Silencer disarms and dazzles with its wisdom and full-throated wit. Wicker's highly-anticipated second collection snaps to attention with a soundtrack full of salty swagger and a most skillful use of formal inventions that'll surely knock you out. Here in these pages, sailfish and hummingbirds assert their frenetic movements on a planet simmering with racial tensions, which in turn forms its own kind of bopping and buoyant religion. What a thrill to read these poems that provoke and beg for beauty and song-calling into the darkest of nights."--Aimee --