Poetry. African American Studies. LGBT Studies. Winner of the 2016 Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry. A provocative new collection examining the power of language and race in contemporary culture by a leading American poet. Dawn Lundy Martin's LIFE IN A BOX IS A PRETTY LIFE investigates the ways in which language claims absolute knowledge and draws a box around lived experience. Martin writes poems that seek out moments when the box buckles, or breaks, poems that suggest there is more. LIFE IN A BOX IS A PRETTY LIFE continues Martin's investigation into what is produced in the interstices between the body, experience, and language, and how alternative narratives can yield some other knowledge about what it means to be black (or female, or queer) in contemporary America.
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Dawn Lundy Martin is the author of A Gathering of Matter / A Matter of Gathering (2007), DISCIPLINE (2011), which was selected by Fanny Howe for the Nightboat Books Poetry Prize and a finalist for both the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Lambda Literary Award, and LIFE IN A BOX IS A PRETTY LIFE (Nightboat Books, 2015). She is a member the experimental black poetry and performance group, the Black Took Collective, and Associate Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh.Author City: PITTSBURGH, PA USA