Wicked Enchantment: Selected Poems (Hardcover)

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Wanda Coleman, a poet laureate of anger and honesty, lived resistance and shouted rebellion, has always been the poet America needed, though sometimes it seemed like she was the only one who knew that. With this new book of poems selected and introduced by Terrance Hayes, perhaps America will finally know it too. 


— From Wicked Enchantment


"ONE OF THE YEAR'S BEST Fantastically entertaining and deeply engaging...potent distillations of creative rage, social critique, and subversive wit."--Washington Post.

A voice for justice, anti-racism, and equality--here is the greatest and most powerful work of the people's poet, Wanda Coleman.

Coleman was a beat-up, broke, and Black woman who wrote with anger, humor, and clarity. Wicked Enchantment: Selected Poems is a selection of 130 of her poems, edited and introduced by Terrance Hayes. Rejected by the elites during her lifetime, here's what people are saying now:

--"One of the best poetry collections of 2020."--Washington Post

--"Hateful and hilarious, heartbroke and hellbent." Mary Karr, New York Times bestselling author

--"One of the greatest poets ever to come out of L.A." The New Yorker

--"Her work pushes us to confront injustice with as much candor as she did." Poetry

--"Required Reading" Bustle

--Winner, California Independent Bookseller Alliance 'Golden Poppy' Book Award 2020

Brutal. Hilarious. Triumphant. These are not poems written for a college class, establishment approval, or polite applause; these poems were written because Ms. Coleman had to write what she saw and felt, and she wrote brilliantly. Few if any writers, before or since, have had the courage to write with such raw honesty about the daily experience of life in this world.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781574232370
ISBN-10: 1574232371
Publisher: Black Sparrow Press
Publication Date: April 7th, 2020
Pages: 224
Language: English