Imperial Liquor: Poems Amaud Johnson

Imperial Liquor: Poems

Author: Amaud Johnson
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Book Title
Imperial Liquor: Poems
Author
Amaud Johnson
ISBN
9780822966067
Imperial Liquor is a chronicle of melancholy, a reaction to the monotony of racism. These poems concern loneliness, fear, fatigue, rage, and love; they hold fatherhood held against the vulnerability of the black male body, aging, and urban decay. Part remembrance, part swan song for the Compton, California of the 1980s, Johnson examines the limitations of romance to heal broken relationships or rebuild a broken city. Slow Jams, red-lit rooms, cheap liquor, like seduction and betrayal--what's more American? This book tracks echoes, rides the residue of music "after the love is gone." Smokey the most dangerous men in my neighborhood only listened to love songs to reach those notes a musicologist told me a man essentially cuts his own throat. some nights even now, i'll hear a falsetto and think i should runBinding Type: PaperbackAuthor: Amaud JohnsonPublisher: University of Pittsburgh PressPublished: 02/25/2020ISBN: 9780822966067Pages: 70Weight: 0.30lbsReview Citations: Booklist 03/01/2020 pg. 8
Imperial Liquor is a chronicle of melancholy, a reaction to the monotony of racism. These poems concern loneliness, fear, fatigue, rage, and love; they hold fatherhood held against the vulnerability of the black male body, aging, and urban decay. Part remembrance, part swan song for the Compton, California of the 1980s, Johnson examines the limitations of romance to heal broken relationships or rebuild a broken city. Slow Jams, red-lit rooms, cheap liquor, like seduction and betrayal--what's more American? This book tracks echoes, rides the residue of music "after the love is gone."

Smokey

the most dangerous men
in my neighborhood
only listened to love songs

to reach those notes
a musicologist told me
a man essentially cuts

his own throat. some nights
even now, i'll hear a falsetto
and think i should run

Binding Type: Paperback
Author: Amaud Johnson
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Published: 02/25/2020
ISBN: 9780822966067
Pages: 70
Weight: 0.30lbs

Review Citations: Booklist 03/01/2020 pg. 8
Imperial Liquor is a chronicle of melancholy, a reaction to the monotony of racism. These poems concern loneliness, fear, fatigue, rage, and love; they hold fatherhood held against the vulnerability of the black male body, aging, and urban decay. Part remembrance, part swan song for the Compton, California of the 1980s, Johnson examines the limitations of romance to heal broken relationships or rebuild a broken city. Slow Jams, red-lit rooms, cheap liquor, like seduction and betrayal--what's more American? This book tracks echoes, rides the residue of music "after the love is gone."

Smokey

the most dangerous men
in my neighborhood
only listened to love songs

to reach those notes
a musicologist told me
a man essentially cuts

his own throat. some nights
even now, i'll hear a falsetto
and think i should run

Binding Type: Paperback
Author: Amaud Johnson
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Published: 02/25/2020
ISBN: 9780822966067
Pages: 70
Weight: 0.30lbs

Review Citations: Booklist 03/01/2020 pg. 8