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Silencer #2020

Silencer Tough talk for tough times Silencer is both lyrical and merciless Wicker s mind hums in overdrive but with the calm and clarity of a marksman You have to read these poems Tim Seibles author of One T

  • Title: Silencer
  • Author: Marcus Wicker
  • ISBN: 9781328715548
  • Page: 418
  • Format: Paperback
  • Silencer By Marcus Wicker, Tough talk for tough times Silencer is both lyrical and merciless Wicker s mind hums in overdrive, but with the calm and clarity of a marksman You have to read these poems Tim Seibles, author of One Turn Around the Sun and finalist for the National Book Award A suburban park, church, a good job, a cocktail party for the literati to many, these sound like safe place Tough talk for tough times Silencer is both lyrical and merciless Wicker s mind hums in overdrive, but with the calm and clarity of a marksman You have to read these poems Tim Seibles, author of One Turn Around the Sun and finalist for the National Book Award A suburban park, church, a good job, a cocktail party for the literati to many, these sound like safe places, but for a young black man these insular spaces don t keep out the news and the actual threat of gun violence and police brutality, or the biases that keeps body, property, and hope in the crosshairs Continuing conversations begun by Citizen and Between the World and Me, Silencer sings out the dangers of unspoken taboos present on quiet Midwestern cul de sacs and in stifling professional settings, the dangers in closing the window on a rainbow coalition of cops doing calisthenics around a six foot, three hundred fifty pound man, choked back into the earth for what looked a lot, to me, like sport Here, the language and cadences of hip hop and academia meet prayer these poems are crucibles, from which emerge profound allegories and subtle elegies, sharp humor and incisive critiques There is not a moment in this book when you are allowed to forget the complexities of a black man s life in America These poems evoke so much strength, beauty, passion, fear There is the quiet, ironic pleasure of life on a cul de sac juxtaposed with the tensions of always wondering when a police officer s gun or fists might get in the way of the black body The stylistic range of these poems, the wit, and the intelligence of them offers so much to be admired There is nothing silent about Silencer What an outstanding second book from Marcus Wicker Roxane Gay Marcus Wicker s masterful and hard hitting second collection Silencer is exactly the book we need in this time of malfeasance, systemic violence, and the double talk that obfuscates it all Wicker s poems have the wit and rhythmic muscle to push back against the institutional flim flam He writes the kinds of vital, clear eyed poems we can turn to when codeswitching slogans and online power fists no longer get the job done These are poems whose ink is made from anger and quarter notes They remind us that to remain silent in the face of aggression is to be complicit and to be complicit is not an option for any of us Adrian Matejka, author of The Big Smoke and finalist for the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize Silencer is an important book of American poetry wonderfully subtle, wholly original, and subversive Politics and social realities aside, this is foremost a book that delights in language, how it sounds to the ear and plays to the mind We have suburban complacency played against hip hop resistance, Christian prayers uttered in the face of dread violence, real meaning pitted against materialism, and love, in its largest measure, set against ignorance To say Silencer is a tour de force would be an understatement What a work of true art this is, and what a gift Marcus Wicker has given to us Maurice Manning, author of One Man s Dark and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize Silencer disarms and dazzles with its wisdom and full throated wit Wicker s highly anticipated second collection snaps to attention with a soundtrack full of salty swagger and a most skillful use of formal inventions that ll surely knock you out Here in these pages, sailfish and hummingbirds assert their frenetic movements on a planet simmering with racial tensions, which in turn forms its own kind of bopping and buoyant religion What a thrill to read these poems that provoke and beg for beauty and song calling into the darkest of nights Aimee Nezhukumatathil, author of Lucky Fish and poetry editor at Orion Magazine With Silencer, Marcus Wicker writes a country, and that country is this country, these United States, right now, and that country is also black In poem after poem, and with one of the best ears in the game, Wicker demonstrates the simple and difficult truth that we, as Americans, make each other, inescapably Wicker s America is a black America because it is America But Silencer isn t, for all that, a place of congratulatory hugs and campfire songs How could it be It is a place where we are seen Black squirrels, they fit in, get along Know no one They see other black squirrels run Shane McCrae, author of In the Language of My Captor and The Animal Too Big to Kill

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    1. There is not a moment in this book when you are allowed to forget the complexities of a black man s life in America These poems evoke so much strength, beauty, passion, fear There is the quiet, ironic pleasure of life on a cul de sac juxtaposed with the tensions of always wondering when a police officer s gun or fists might get in the way of the black body The stylistic range of these poems, the wit, and the intelligence of them offers so much to be admired There is nothing silent about Silencer [...]

    2. What is it like to be a black man in midwestern America Marcus Wicker answers that question in these poems, from microaggressions at a party to interactions with a colleague He is in deliberate conversation with many writers, but specifically the works Between the World and Me by Ta Nehisi Coates and Citizen An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine Both of these works are specifically mentioned on the notes page to this volume of poems, where you will also find the context for each poem and a playli [...]

    3. No black massincarceration rate because, no whit maskedgrandparents No wide masts No hoodsbut neighbors Just us All of us leftwith the age old problem of how best tolove each other.

    4. Using quick flowing, inspired verse, Marcus Wicker portrays the life of today s African American These poems are best read aloud.

    5. The tone of these poems is at once challenge and lament Wicker not only has a keen poetic ear but also a profoundly critical eye turning popular culture inside out with an eerie satirical tongue at once entirely serious For example, the poem Plea to My Jealous Heart What s funny is that you think I can stop praying.That you think I take existence blown dandelionacross a philtrum lightly, as irresponsiblebirdsong As the wren, finch, chickadee prairie warbler.As scarlet tanager, indigo bunting, la [...]

    6. I metabolize rage, almost all of the time you think I can stop praying When my lover locks our pinkies in a crowded art gallery, I praise the body, praise every kissable knuckle, every painstakingly etched wave in a fingerprint, you think I could take a host for granted o center of every body O, all knowing ebbless red sea I want to look in your face live this beautifully always O metacarpal, proximal, o distant phalange, all powerful finger In a breastplate, touch me light as a feather, please, [...]

    7. I am not good at reviewing poetry How do you review feelings and aren t emotions what good poetry touches This collection of poems covers many hard and some light topics, ones that I cannot understand the way the author does But they make me think, to try and see life through his lens of his experience which is so different from mine In particular, his poem Watch Us Elocute was troubling for me to read Written following the AME church shooting in 2015 the poem highlights some of the slights that [...]

    8. This was a really solid collection from Wicker The language has punch, the metaphors are fresh, and the poems are emotionally resonate This was a fantastic collection to read right now, while movements like Black Lives Matter bring coverage to topics like police violence, which this book addresses Wicker really brings home his experiences as a black man in America, and his words cut me to the quick I m thankful to have read this The only reason I m not rating this higher is just a matter of per [...]

    9. Marcus Wickers writes poems about being a black man in America and living in the Midwest suburbs, working in academia I have no experience with any of this, but his writing still reaches you Maybe you, like me, cannot relate or understand his day to day, but you can definitely appreciate his poems that often read like lyrical journals His writing is personal and expressive, two things vital for poetry, and this collection is one of the most original things I ve read in quite a while Want to read [...]

    10. Rating 3 1 2Poetry about being black in America, God, life in suburbia, etc A lot of references to hip hop musicians L.L Cool J Kendrick Lamar, Tupac Shakur, etc Favorites Ars Poetica Battle Rhyme for Really Wannabe Somebodies Stumped Speech on the Internet Cashier holding my twenty up to the light to see if it s real money Like I d be shopping at Walmart if I could counterfeit money Blue Faces

    11. I loved the hip hop rhythms and the intense play with sound in these poems Wicker s craft is tight and impressive My favorite poems were the ones detailing microagressions toward the speaker and the ones about the speaker s struggle with faith I wanted emotional depth and relationships, thus the three stars A good read overall.

    12. I come from a long braid of dangerous men who learned to talk their way out of small compartments Everything that needs to be said about the current situation in our world pieced together in beautiful verse.

    13. For a slim collection of poems, Silencer certainly packs a punch Touching upon history, current events, and future hopes, Wicker has a voice that needs to be heard.With thanks to Mariner Books Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

    14. The poems here run the gamut of the American black male experience, touching everything from respectability politics, police brutality, love, emotion, racism, family, and the American dream So real.

    15. I admit it I bought this book because of the beautiful Kehinde Wiley painting on the cover But I love it because of the content To spend an afternoon with Wicker s work is, in his own words and taken out of context, to be baptized in palpable comfort.

    16. Powerful book of poetry that had my mind all over the place I was questioning things throughout the entire book and would recommend this work to any poetry lover.

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