DescriptionA poignant and astonishing debut, Testify interrogates race in America without feigning easy answers. In these poems Manuel crafts ambivalent spaces that seek steady reconciliation between past and present, self and family, faith and skepticism. As racial tensions heighten across the country, Testify offers an introspective rather than voicing a movement, arguing that individual experience is key to understanding the truth of the trials at hand.
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"In his breathtaking debut, Testify, Douglas Manuel charts the raw emotional complexities and the impossible daily reckonings that confront a young black man coming of age today in America. Faced at every turn with condescending, fixed assumptions about his 'proper' role in his community and culture, the speaker faces each indictment with a stunning and searing intelligence. Each powerful testimony in this collection stands as evidence of an eloquent and dramatic new voice in American poetry."--David St. John, author of The Auroras and Study for the World's Body
"In Douglas Manuel's Testify the act of witnessing is by turns burdensome and bittersweet, narrative and lyrical, ecstatic and irreverent. Here the holy words are the ones that offer no easy epiphanies yet grant us a dazzling, off-kilter compassion and a strange, surprising grace. These potent poems testify to those ambivalent moments that might rend or right us, as when an interracial couple drive past a truck with a Confederate flag painted on its back windshield and from which a little boy turns to smile and wave: his 'blond hair // split down the middle like a Bible / left open to the Book of Psalms.'" --Anna Journey, author of The Atheist Wore Goat Silk