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Toast in the House of Friends



“Don’t expect sense from these poems, in which grief, politics, literary theory, and sexuality interweave. But do expect language surprise and beautiful metaphors. . . . When [Akilah] Oliver presents her experiences in metaphor-rich language, the reader feels what she feels: incredible loss, infinite pain.”–Library Journal

“An extraordinary gift for everyone.”–Alice Notley

Written for her son, Oluchi McDonald (1982-2003), Akilah Oliver’s poems incorporate prose, theory, and lyric performance into a powerful testimony of loss and longing. In their journey through the borderlands of sorrow, they grapple with violence, find expression in chants, and, like the graffiti she analyzes, become a place of public and artistic memorial. “If memory is the act of bearing witness,” she writes, “then the dream is a friend driving us somewhere.”

Akilah Oliver is the author of the she said dialogues, recipient of the PEN/Beyond Margins Award. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she currently lives in Brooklyn and curates the Monday Night Reading Series at the Poetry Project.

Author: Oliver, Akilah

Topic: Poetry
Media: Book
ISBN: 1566892228
Language: English
Pages: 97

Additional information

Weight 0.35 lbs
Dimensions 8.8 × 5.9 × 0.3 in


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