Poetry. African American Studies. The haunting, haunted world revealed in Khadijah Queen's FEARFUL BELOVED stays with the reader in an uncomfortably pleasurable way, and heightens awareness of our own world's deep horrors and ordinary brilliance. Anyone who has been unable to shake the erotic brutality of, say, Sylvia Plath's Ariel will savor the 'bruisable monuments' that Queen offers. Here Queen crafts a language that unfolds along multiple axes (spatial, temporal, emotional, spiritual) and is experimental with form while remaining seamless, precise, and vivid as 'The song she sang as a little girl feeding ants.' Addressing Fear head-on—'your spectrality exists,' she insists—Queen's FEARFUL BELOVED evidences the fierce intelligence of 'a body in its own time, possessed of itself.'
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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