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


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

One of the most talked about literary collections of the year is this collection by a beat-up, broke, and black woman who wrote with anger, humor, and clarity about her life on the margins.

Wicked Enchantment: Selected Poems is a selection of her poems, 130 poems in all spanning four decades, edited and introduced by Terrance Hayes. Rejected by the elites during her lifetime, here's what people are saying now:

--"Wanda Coleman is not just wickedly wise, she is transcendent." The 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

Brutal. Savage. 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 honesty about the daily experience of life in a racist world.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781574232370
ISBN-10: 1574232371
Publisher: Black Sparrow Press
Publication Date: April 7th, 2020
Pages: 240
Language: English