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Roll Deep: Poems

Roll Deep: Poems

Author Major Jackson
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date 2015-08-03
Section Poetry
Type New
Format Hardcover
ISBN 9780393246896

This breakthrough volume appropriates the vernacular notion of “rolling deep” to explore human intimacy and war.

In his fourth collection, a breakthrough volume, Major Jackson appropriates the vernacular notion of “rolling deep” to capture the spirit of aesthetic travel that defines these forceful new poems and brazenly announces his steady accretion of literary and artistic influences, both formal and experimental―his “crew.” The confident and radiant poems in Roll Deep address a range of topics, most prominently human intimacy and war. And like his best work to date, these poems create new experiences with language owed to Jackson’s willingness to once again seek a rhythmic sound that expresses the unique realities of the twenty-first century with humor and understanding. Whether set in Nairobi, Madrid, or Greece, the poems are sensuously evocative and unapologetically with-it, in their effort to build community across borders of language and style.

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