Poetry. African & African American Studies. Middle Eastern Studies. Music. "LET'S LET THAT ARE NOT YET: INFERNO arrives right on time while managing, in its depth and breadth, to be timeless, presenting an indelible example of what poetry might look and sound like when it strives to engage critically with our contemporary world. Reverberating with a lyric form and flow grounded in the backbeats of hip hop, jazz's improvisatory play and r&b's soulful truth-telling, and fully conversant with multiple traditions—from Shakespeare through (Po-)PoMO and popular culture—these poems put the political back in poetics and poetry back in the news. Pavlić connects his personal stories to larger histories, drawing into his ken everything from marriage and fatherhood to racial, sexual and class politics to past and ongoing social, political and economic struggles in the American South, the Balkans, Syria and Palestine, Ferguson and New York City. 'I think about how much in our bodies, our actions, our syntax is somewhere, simulated—somehow somewhere gunfire.' Some of us are dying, this collection suggests, echoing William Carlos Williams, from lack of the many truths found here, but it reminds us, like another of the book's avatars, James Baldwin, that the best art offers a new vision."—John Keene
Ed Pavlić is author of seven collections of poems, and a two time National Poetry Series winner. He is Distinguished Research Professor and teaches in the English Department and in the Institute for African American Studies at the University of Georgia.
Author City: ATHENS, GA USA