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Thursday, April 11, 2024


Dark Testament: Blackout Poems by Crystal Simone Smith

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Summary: A skillful, timely, and dazzling repurposing of passages into poems from George Saunders' novel, Lincoln in the Bardo. The middle section is of full-color photo-inserts which commemorates victims of unlawful killings with these photo memorials.

Review: I loved Saunders' Lincoln in the Bardo which is a novel about individuals living in the bardo, that space between life and death, unable or unwilling to transition on after death. One of those individuals is Lincoln's son who died while he was in office. It was after his son's death that Lincoln found the courage and the compassion to stand up against slavery.

This book full of blackout or erasure poems, is a masterful memorial for Blacks who were killed because of their skin color. Most poems were powerful and thought-provoking. I recommend it as a good reading choice this April, poetry month.

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