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White Blood: A Lyric of Virginia
by Kiki Petrosino

    Publication Date: May 05, 2020
    List Price: $15.95
    Format: Paperback, 112 pages
    Classification: Poetry
    ISBN13: 9781946448545
    Imprint: Sarabande Books
    Publisher: Sarabande Books
    Parent Company: Sarabande Books

    Paperback Description:

    In her fourth full-length book, White Blood: A Lyric of Virginia, Kiki Petrosino turns her gaze to Virginia, where she digs into her genealogical and intellectual roots, while contemplating the knotty legacies of slavery and discrimination in the Upper South. From a stunning double crown sonnet, to erasure poetry contained within DNA testing results, the poems in this collection are as wide-ranging in form as they are bountiful in wordplay and truth. In her poem “The Shop at Monticello,” she writes: I’m a black body in this Commonwealth, which turned black bodies into money. Now, I have money to spend on little trinkets to remind me of this fact. I’m a money machine & my body constitutes the common wealth. Speaking to history, loss, and injustice with wisdom, innovation, and a scientific determination to find the poetic truth, White Blood plants Petrosino’s name ever more firmly in the contemporary canon.

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