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The Sobbing School
by Joshua Bennett

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    List Price: $18.00
    Format: Paperback, 96 pages
    Classification: Poetry
    ISBN13: 9780143111863
    Imprint: Penguin Books
    Publisher: Penguin Random House
    Parent Company: Bertelsmann
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    Paperback Description:
    A "sharp" and "scintillating" (Publishers Weekly) debut collection of poetry, selected by Eugene Gloria as a winner of the National Poetry Series

    The Sobbing School, Joshua Bennett’s mesmerizing debut collection of poetry, presents songs for the living and the dead that destabilize and de-familiarize representations of black history and contemporary black experience. What animates these poems is a desire to assert life, and interiority, where there is said to be none. Figures as widely divergent as Bobby Brown, Martin Heidegger, and the 19th-century performance artist Henry Box Brown, as well as Bennett’s own family and childhood best friends, appear and are placed in conversation in order to show that there is always a world beyond what we are socialized to see value in, always alternative ways of thinking about relation that explode easy binaries.


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