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The Sobbing SchoolSelected by Eugene Gloria as a winner of the National Poetry Series     The Sobbing School Joshua Bennett’s mesmerizing debut collection of poetry presents songs for the living and the dead that destabilize and de familiarize representations of black histo. THE SOBBING SCHOOL Written by Joshua BennettRating 4 StarsReview Not on BlogThis collection of poetry had me savoring the words and emotions The writing reminds me of Langston Hughes and James Baldwin I picked up this collection on a whim and as it was a short book I figured what the heck I love when you discover a little treasure

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Ry and contemporary black experience What animates these poems is a desire to assert life and interiority where there is said to be none Figures as widely divergent as Bobby Brown Martin Heidegger and the 19th century performance artist Henry Box Brown as well. For a poet to be able to ruminate on serious subjects like grief racism and police brutality from a personal perspective while maintaining a vein of humor is uite a feat but Joshua Bennett does it with ease His collection THE SOBBING SCHOOL is an act of empathy love and unflinching reality One of the most heartbreaking poems is called Black History Abridged When I was four an elderly white woman bought my elementary school while I was still going to school inside of it Tore the building down Now it's a parking lot In just three sentences Bennett impactfully integrates topics of racism gentrification education urban blight socioeconomic ineuality and white privilege This is just one demonstration of the poet's skill and wordplay which continues throughout every line of every poem in THE SOBBING SCHOOL The author not only plays with wording but also with the form of his poems As in the poem listed above Bennett's poems sometimes border on prose There's one that looks like the abstract to a peer reviewed journal article The poem above is in the form of a short paragraph Another is told entirely through a footnote While not all of the poems feature non traditional forms there are enough that push the boundaries of what is expected to keep things interesting If you like modern poetry with lots of intriguing and creative wordplay hard hitting subject matter and a hint of humor then you might just like THE SOBBING SCHOOL by Joshua Bennett

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Review ´ The Sobbing School ✓ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ë Selected by Eugene Gloria as a winner of the National Poetry Series     The Sobbing School Joshua Bennett’s mesmerizing debut collection of poetry presents songs for the living and the dead that destabilize and de familiarize representations of blackAs Bennett’s own family and childhood best friends appear and are placed in conversation in order to show that there is always a world beyond what we are socialized to see value in always alternative ways of thinking about relation that explode easy binaries. I love the style of this collection I like the variation in forms some a mere footnote of a poem and others written in the form of an abstract complete with keywords and theory I don't often read poetry simply from a lack of exposure I think but I really enjoyed this