What Noise Against the Cane: Volume 115

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6.1 X 9.0 X 0.5 inches | 0.35 pounds
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About the Author
Desiree C. Bailey is the author of the fiction chapbook In Dirt or Saltwater and has been published in Best American Poetry, Academy of American Poets, Callaloo, and elsewhere. She was born in Trinidad and Tobago, and grew up in Queens, New York. Her website is http: //desireecbailey.com. Carl Phillips is the award-winning author of numerous books of poetry, including Wild Is the Wind and Pale Colors in a Tall Field. In 2023 he received the Pulitzer Prize for Then the War: And Selected Poems, 2007-2020. He teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.
"What Noise Against the Cane ruminates family and place, culture and daily rituals, and Desiree C. Bailey's voice sings it all true, lived and imagined. There's strength and give in each step of a journey, and traditional music informs this strong collection. Nimble phrasing and natural soil fuse into an extended narrative. Wherever this voice goes a Caribbean sun travels with it. The single, long line at the end of each page--as if a heart-line--accrues and transfigures this collection. Identity shines in each poem. And, as if a maroon might overhear, or a call awaits a response, What Noise Against the Cane embodies an intimate conjuring that fully engages the reader.--Yusef Komunyakaa--Yusef Komunyakaa
"Bailey invites us to see what twenty-first-century life is like for a young woman of the Black diaspora in the long wake of a history of slavery, brutality, and struggling for freedoms bodily and psychological."--Carl Phillips, from the Foreword--Carl Phillips