The Crown Ain't Worth Much

The Crown Ain't Worth Much

Paperback - 2016
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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.
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota : Button Poetry/Exploding Pinecone Press, 2016.
ISBN: 9781943735044
Branch Call Number: 811.6
Characteristics: 102 pages ; 22 cm


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SLPL_Machacek Nov 07, 2016

The titles of the poems in this collection appear to function as part of the poems themselves. This continuity gives his work a sense of urgency and unpredictability.

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Aug 20, 2017

The author approaches life with a raw humor and sadness that is reminiscent of Alice Walker and Nikki Giovanni that leaves you with a real perspective of life in Columbus on the South-side. Soulful and rich in the descriptions that landscape Willis-Adurraqib's youth.


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