East End Books Ptown welcomes Poet Patricia Spears Jones in conversation w/ Poet, Essayist, and Cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib April 28th at 6pm. Join us for a magical evening!
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Poet Patricia Spears Jones A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems ( White Pine Press Distinguished Poets #3 ).
Patricia Spears Jones: Arkansas born and raised; resident of New York City for more than three decades, Patricia Spears Jones was named by Essence.com as one of its "40 Poets They Love" in 2010. She is author of the poetry collections: Painkiller, Femme du Monde and The Weather That Kills.
Arkansas born and raised; resident of New York City for more than four decades, Patricia Spears Jones is the recipient of The Jackson Poetry Prize, one the most prestigious awards for American Poets via Poets & Writers, Inc. The $50,000 prize is among the most substantial given to an American poet and is designed to provide what all poets need: time and encouragement to write. She is the eleventh winner. Here is the information with the citation: https://www.pw.org/about-us/news-releases/patricia_spears_jones_wins_50000_jackson_poetry_prize.
Art and music inform her poems, and she offers portraits of individuals in transit, engaging themes of class and social change with wry perception. Praising “the grit and blood, wit, flesh, bone, and spirit of which the poems are made” in a review of Femme Du Monde, poet Janet Hamill noted, “From the particular they move to the universal, effortlessly. From the body they dissolve into space. The world they reference is mundane. The world they reference is marvelous.” “I always think of myself as evoking the blues in my poetry, and the blues are never ‘happy’ even when they’re ecstatic,” Spears Jones explained in a 2014 interview with Rochelle Spencer for Mosaic: Literary Arts of the Diaspora. “There’s a sense of temporality of life. We’re only here for a brief time. There is only so much we can do. People have enemies and there are difficulties. And sometimes there’s great music and great sex to lighten the load.”
"Patricia Spears Jones is cosmopolitan blues goddess alive on the wind stream of transnational homemade intimate gossip. Her poems are a highly effective antidote to living in a country where caring seems to have been placed on the Endangered Activities list."—David Rivard
"Patricia Spears Jones reminds me of those wisecracking, foolproof women in the old films she so lovingly dissects—the ones whose deadsure, replenishing humor and never-fail good sense causes the audience to sit up and clap."—Cyrus Cassells
"She has given us a world where music and brains are allowed to co-exist with instinct, where the lyric and the literal may dwell without eyeing the other with suspicion."—Cornelius Eady
Hanif Abdurraqib A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance. We're happy to welcome Hanif back to East End Books Ptown. We had a great event with Hanif last year for Indie Bookstore Day.
Poet and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib introduces his new book of essays on Black performance with Poet Patricia Spears Jones, in this special East End Books Ptown event.
Abdurraqib’s writing is an antidote to the arched eyebrow of most music journalism. He writes as if music matters. For him, it is a metaphor for human suffering, for race and class, for what it is to be American’
Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His poetry has been published in PEN American, Muzzle, Vinyl, and other journals, and his essays and criticism have been published in The New Yorker, Pitchfork, The New York Times, and Fader. His first full-length poetry collection, The Crown Ain't Worth Much, was named a finalist for the Eric Hoffer book award and nominated for a Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. His first collection of essays, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us was named a book of the year by NPR , Esquire, BuzzFeed, O: The Oprah Magazine, Pitchfork and Chicago Tribune, among others. Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to a Tribe Called Quest was a New York Times bestseller and a National Book Critics Circle Award and Kirkus Prize finalist and was longlisted for the National Book Award. His second collection of poems, A Fortune for Your Disaster, won the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. He is a graduate of Beechcroft High School.
Listen to Hanifs' Podcast: OBJECT OF SOUND Full episodes of Object Of Sound can be found in the Sonos archive on Mixcloud.
"A Little Devil in America is an urgent project that unravels all modes and methods of black performance, in this moment when black performers are coming to terms with their value, reception, and immense impact on America. With sharp insight, humor, and heart, Abdurraqib examines how black performance happens in specific moments in time and space--midcentury Paris, the moon, or a cramped living room in Columbus, Ohio. At the outset of this project, Abdurraqib became fascinated with clips of black minstrel entertainers like William Henry Lane, better known as Master Juba. Knowing there was something more complicated and deep-seated in the history and legacy of minstrelsy, Abdurraqib uncovered questions and tensions that help to reveal how black performance pervades all areas of American society. Abdurraqib's prose is entrancing and fluid as he leads us along the links in his remarkable trains of thought. A Little Devil in America considers, critques, and praises performance in music, sports, writing, comedy, grief, games, and love"--