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Of Being Dispersed
Poetry. African & African American Studies. "I get this pinwheel relationship to wisdom & history when I read Simone White. I'm in her dream, but it's a remarkable solidly packed one informed by the quotidian rarity of for instance a prose disquisition on lotion and skin and haircare especially in winter. Like Dana Ward's, her work sends me searching. Like what par ...more
Paperback, 88 pages
Published June 15th 2016 by Futurepoem
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It Must Be Shameless
Apart disclaimed wicked pea, split soft skin
of the principle princess, who writhes,
a little blood passes her perineum every night,
grey linen sheets flax talisman plot luxe
to strip and scrub all gore
a plain bar of secret white soap
it is a pine tree, it is an orange blossom, it is a rose hip
under a baby tongue, blood cuts
punisher, swear it closed, closes it
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A thought provoking and deeply enthralling collection of poems fills the pages of Simone White’s Of Being Dispersed. The poems within ring out in the duality of the root before the seed, the circular process again encircled, the invagination of self across the linked dimension of time and space. Simone White pushes individual words to bear the often poignant burden of diffuse meaning: is to be dispersed to be shorn apart and scattered, to seek new fertile lands, to espouse the memory of those li ...more
In which Simone White tries to work her poem out. Having put out Unrest in 2013 and finished her PhD (forthcoming as Dear Angel of Death in 2018) these six poems include three sequences, an essay ("Lotion") and two proems. The first of the two poems, "And then I began to hear the call of Los Angeles," is a dazzler, as is the essay; both counters to the linguistic freight of running this particular satirist and intellectual's medium in the poem. They are funny, they revise in crucial ways recent ...more