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Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry
by John Murillo

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    List Price: $16.95
    Format: Paperback, 88 pages
    Classification: Poetry
    ISBN13: 9781945588471
    Imprint: Four Way Books
    Publisher: Four Way Books
    Parent Company: Four Way Books
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    John Murillo’s second book is a reflective look at the legacy of institutional, accepted violence against Blacks and Latinos and the personal and societal wreckage wrought by long histories of subjugation. A sparrow trapped in a car window evokes a mother battered by a father’s fists; a workout at an iron gym recalls a long-ago mentor who pushed the speaker “to become something unbreakable.” The presence of these and poetic forbears—Gil Scott-Heron, Yusef Komunyakaa—provide a context for strength in the face of danger and anger. At the heart of the book is a sonnet crown triggered by the shooting deaths of three Brooklyn men that becomes an extended meditation on the history of racial injustice and the notion of payback as a form of justice.




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