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On Spec

4.32  ·  Rating Details ·  19 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
An intensely meditative exploration that examines the African American position in the United States, this philosophical collection of poems offers insight into the personal, social, cultural, and racial networks that help to create identity. Brilliantly braced with theory to augment the poetry, these tours through our human need to speak—to understand, confront the politi ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Omnidawn Publishing (first published 2008)
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Dec 27, 2015 A rated it really liked it
These poems flash across the page and the mind. The plays, the legislators/laws and the homophonics leave the reader grappling with history, the body/self and the sweet tricks our own minds can play on ourselves. On Spec is not for everyone. If you enjoy Omnidawn's other publications you will likely enjoy this one.
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Dec 08, 2008 Barry rated it it was amazing
This was a tough one to rate--the best pages (and there are many) are amazing, definitely five-star stuff...but ultimately the book was a little too inconsistent in achievement for me to quite feel comfortable giving it the highest rating as a whole. Still, highly recommended.

Addendum, January 2010: Even better the second time around.
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Apr 27, 2012 Jonterri rated it liked it
For me, these poems were the kind that are received mostly through intellect. They were less about inspiring emotion. Which doesn't mean that they weren't brilliant. These poems are really smart and thought-provoking. Seems like a book you have to read more than once because you'll figure something else out each time.
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