Poetry. Literary Nonfiction. A meandering and dead-serious meditation challenging the centrality of Black Music to black poetry and black critical theory, Dear Angel of Death proposes disinvestment in the idea of the Music as the highest form of what blackness "is." This long essay includes many forms: philosophical divergence on the problem of folds for black life, a close reading of Nathaniel Mackey's neverending novel From a Broken Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate, and an impassioned defense-cum-dismissal of contemporary hip hop's convergence with capitalism.
Simone White is the author of DEAR ANGEL OF DEATH, OF BEING DISPERSED, and House of Envy of All the World, and the chapbooks Unrest and Dolly (with Kim Thomas). Her poetry and prose have been featured in NYTimes Book Review, Harper's Magazine, BOMB Magazine, Chicago Review, and Harriet: The Blog. In 2017, she received the Whiting Award for poetry. She works as Program Director at The Poetry Project and, in spring 2018, is Visiting Associate Professor of Creative Writing at The University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.Author City: BROOKLYN, NY USA