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Hands Washing Water
by Chris Abani

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    List Price: $15.00
    Format: Paperback, 90 pages
    Classification: Fiction
    ISBN13: 9781556592478
    Imprint: Copper Canyon Press
    Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
    Parent Company: Copper Canyon Press
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    Book Description:

    “Chris Abani’s poetry resonates with a devastating beauty which cuts through to the heart of human strength.”—Pride
    Hands Washing Water is Chris Abani’s fourth poetry collection—a mischievous book of displacement, exile, ancestry, and subversive humor. The central section, “Buffalo Women,” is a Civil War correspondence between lovers that plays on our assumptions about war, gender, morality, and politics.
    Sweetest Henri,
    I know we promised to be honest,
    one to the other, but your recent missive,
    though welcome as any epistle from you,
    filled me with a dread that clung
    like dampness to wet wood. I am terrified
    for your immortal soul, dear sweet Henri.
    This mad war of Lincoln is infecting you
    with a sickness too depraved to even address. . .Abani’s writing is ruthless, at times traumatic, and consistently filled with surprising twists and turns.

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