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by Joshua Bennett

    Publication Date: Sep 01, 2020
    List Price: $20.00
    Format: Paperback, 96 pages
    Classification: Poetry
    ISBN13: 9780143133858
    Imprint: Penguin Books
    Publisher: Penguin Random House
    Parent Company: Bertelsmann

    Paperback Description:

    From one of the most impressive voices in poetry today (Dissent magazine), a new collection that shines a light on forgotten or obscured parts of the past in order to reconstruct a deeper, truer vision of the present

    Gregory Pardlo described Joshua Bennett’s first collection of poetry, The Sobbing School, as an arresting debut that was abounding in tenderness and rich with character, with a virtuosic kind of code switching. Bennett’s new collection, Owed, is a book with celebration at its center. Its primary concern is how we might mend the relationship between ourselves and the people, spaces, and objects we have been taught to think of as insignificant, as fundamentally unworthy of study, reflection, attention, or care. Spanning the spectrum of genre and form—from elegy and ode to origin myth—these poems elaborate an aesthetics of repair. What’s more, they ask that we turn to the songs and sites of the historically denigrated so that we might uncover a new way of being in the world together, one wherein we can truthfully reckon with the brutality of the past and thus imagine the possibilities of our shared, unpredictable present, anew.

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