The Crown Ain't Worth Much by Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib

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The Crown Ain't Worth Much Read Online Free - The Crown Ain t Worth Much, Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib s first full-length collection, is a sharp and vulnerable portrayal of city life in the United States. A regular columnist for, Willis-Abdurraqib brings his interest in pop culture to these poems, analyzing race, gender, family, and the love that finally holds us together even as it threatens to break us. Terrance Hayes writes that Willis-Abdurraqib bridges the bravado and bling of praise with the blood and tears of elegy. The poems in this collection are challenging and accessible at once, as they seek to render real human voices in moments of tragedy and celebration."

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ISBN : 1943735042
Edition Language : English
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Number of Pages : 102 pages


Caitlin rated it ★★★★☆

July 26, 2017

4.5 stars. I'm feeling breathless after reading this. I don't think any review I give will do justice to these words. one of the most powerful collections, if not the most, I've ever read.

Dana rated it ★★★★★

September 25, 2017

Reads like a eulogy, like music, like a condemnation, like damnation, like a damned nation. This is a stunning collection of trauma transcribed into art, of pain that can be transformed but never erased. It is poetry that sits heavy on the chest, a poetry of open wounds. Reader beware, but reader...

Christine rated it ★★★★★

August 29, 2017

If you want to blow the dust off of your brain, or your heart, pick up this breathtaking book of poetry.

jenni rated it ★★★★☆

November 07, 2017

hanif just embodies excellence - as a writer, as a poet, as a human being, as a handler of his personal twitter account. this is poetry with street views, with pop punk boyhood and neighborhood violence, with riffs on blackness, memory, and motif.

Brian rated it ★★★★★

November 06, 2017

Here for every pop punk reference. But also we have to keep poetry in our souls otherwise we might die

Ann Marie rated it ★★★★★

December 20, 2017

Every single poem of this collection punches with some sort of power: recognition, nostalgia, grief, empathy, anger. I loved every piece in this collection.

Amy rated it ★★★★☆

October 12, 2016

I am drawn to the utterly honest voice in these poems, and the pop culture references, including music, and the prominent deaths of Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, and Sandra Bland. I would love to hear this poet read his work. Favorite poems are: -1995. After the Streetlights Drink Whate...

Lucas rated it ★★★★★

March 07, 2017

Abdurraqib was another guest on Bookfight. He, Tom, and Mike read a collection of Lester Bangs music writing. It was the same one that I had read at least a decade ago. I was very excited. Who knew that MTV would re-enter my adult life through a crop of extremely talented young writers focusing o...

Merritt rated it ★★★★★

February 18, 2017

Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib is such a versatile and skilled poet -- he covers a range of tones, topics, and forms here that's truly incredible. I usually speed through poetry collections but this book took me months to read because I had to put it down so frequently to give the pieces space to breath...

Annie rated it ★★★★★

October 29, 2017

it is WILD to read an absolutely incredible collection of poetry that just happens to be set in the area you grew up in. i'm from the east side of columbus too and i really loved the strong sense of place here, so grounded to an experience that wasn't mine but that i could recognize right away. r...

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