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Mixology

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Selected for the 2008 National Poetry Series by Kevin Young
The poems in Adrian Matejka's second collection, "Mixology," shapeshift through the myriad meanings of "mixing" to explore and explode ideas of race, skin politics, appropriation, and cultural identity. Whether the focus of the individual poems is musical, digital, or historical, the otherness implicit in being o
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ebook, 96 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Penguin Books (first published April 28th 2009)
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Kimberly Seibert
This is a mixture of politics, culture, music, and history. Really liked "Samson and Delilah" and "What the Dead are Missing Out On."
Kirsten
Some strong pieces. Would love to hear a reading.
Natassja
Oct 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

One of the things I find most interesting about “Mixology” is that the nature of title itself carries a consistent and recurring theme throughout the entire book of poetry, and conveys multiple meanings in surprising ways—not only does Matejka’s poetry mix words and images like musicians mix sounds and lyrics, but he himself is a mixed-race person, what he refers to once as “remixed melanin” (70). The use of the theme of mixing and blending is a consistent tool that Matejka uses throughout as
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M- S__
Feb 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
I bought this book because his more recent work, The Big Smoke is one of my favorite poetry collections of the 2010s. Mixology is a little sloppier and less focused as a collection, but still has quite a few gems.

Matejka's reflections on race, politics, and society are alternately biting and personal. His dedications and references place the collection in a fuller pop culture context that work for and against him. In a poem like Do the Right Thing you can really feel the person inside the poem
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Robert
Aug 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I heard Adrian Matejka do a reading before purchasing his book. These poems beg to be read aloud so all of the sonic gems get a chance to shine. The language explores the blurry lines of race, stereotype, and identity. My favorite poem was Do The Right Thing. I was also very much touched by the lines, "You are a skeleton, wishing/ for the plaster attention/of being broken." - Winter/ Weird Fishes. I enjoyed the section on Texas, being from there I found what he had to say relateable.
secondwomn
Jan 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Adrian Matejka was born in Nuremberg, Germany but grew up in California and Indiana. He is a graduate of Indiana University and the MFA program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. His first collection of poems, The Devils Garden, won the 2002 Kinereth Gensler Award from Alice James Books. His second collection, Mixology, was a winner of the 2008 National Poetry Series and was published by ...more
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