Poetry. African American Studies. BLACK PECULIAR sketches out power dynamics and faulty assumptions in terms of race and history, media and culture, and sex and gender in highly original lines of verse. An extraordinary mixture of wit and profundity, the three long works in the collection weave the personal and the political in both ruthless and tender ways. A fiction, a chorus, a leap into chaos, an unflinching love letter and a fierce indictment—BLACK PECULIAR collages observation and lived experience through a many-voiced "I" as flawed and complex and unusual as the mind of the artist in the world.
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Khadijah Queen is the author of Conduit (Black Goat / Akashic Books, 2008), BLACK PECULIAR (Noemi Press, 2011), which won the Noemi book award for poetry and was a finalist for the Gatewood Prize at Switchback Books; FEARFUL BELOVED (Argos Books, 2015), a hybrid collection framed by a letter to fear written during artist Ann Hamilton's Park Avenue Armory installation the event of a thread; and the narrative collection I'M SO FINE: A LIST OF FAMOUS MEN & WHAT I HAD ON (YesYes Books, 2017). Individual works appear in Fence, Tin House, Gulf Coast, The Offing, jubilat, Tupelo Quarterly, Poor Claudia, Best American Nonrequired Reading, THE VOLTA BOOK OF POETS, Fire & Ink: A Social Action Anthology, THE FORCE OF WHAT'S POSSIBLE and widely in other journals and anthologies. She serves as core faculty in poetry and playwriting for the low-residency Mile-High MFA in creative writing at Regis University. She is also raising a teenager.Author City: USA