Buck Studies

Buck Studies Douglas Kearney is at the other end of the century using a multicultural voice inflected with the concerns of what it means to be a young black man at this time and at this place The Los Angeles Time

  • Title: Buck Studies
  • Author: Douglas Kearney
  • ISBN: 9780986437373
  • Page: 427
  • Format: Paperback
  • Douglas Kearney is at the other end of the century, using a multicultural voice inflected with the concerns of what it means to be a young black man at this time and at this place The Los Angeles TimesDynamic poet, performer, librettist, and professor Douglas Kearney s works speak to those who are listening to what our living, material language has to say about race a Douglas Kearney is at the other end of the century, using a multicultural voice inflected with the concerns of what it means to be a young black man at this time and at this place The Los Angeles TimesDynamic poet, performer, librettist, and professor Douglas Kearney s works speak to those who are listening to what our living, material language has to say about race and history At the hub of Buck Studies is a long mash up of the stories of Herakles, the Greek bad man, and that of Stagger Lee, the black bad man Stagger Put Work In examines the Twelve Labors Herakles performed to atone for murdering his family through Stagger Lee s murder of black man Billy Lyons What is enacted by this appropriation is an exhaustion of forms gangsta rap and its antecedent, the murder ballady good one dead one we scold our mirror should ve been deadbefore Stagger wrassled it bull headed red blind muscle a muscle.bully and bull stagger the city levee round round round Douglas Kearney resides in Altadena, California, and teaches at California College for the Arts His degrees are from Howard University and California Institute of the Arts He is the author of three previous poetry collections his work appears in many anthologies including Role Call A Generational Anthology of Social and Political Black Art Literature His honors include a Cave Canem fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award, and commissions from Minneapolis s Weisman Art Museum and New York s Studio Museum.

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    1. I am a huge fan of The Black Automaton, and of much of Patter, but found the graphic poems in this volume don't work as well. Part of the problem is that the level of visual clutter -- no doubt intended -- is much more intense. I may revisit these poems at some point to give them another chance, but I couldn't find the necessary patience this time around (and I have a lot of patience for poems).

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