160 Pages, 8.00 x 10.00 in, 79 color images - 11 BW images
- Published: June 2019
The “blk alter” of Avery R. Young’s poetic vision makes its stunning debut in a multidisciplinary arsenal entitled, neckbone: visual verses. Young’s years of supernatural fieldwork within the black experience and the gospel of his transitions between poetry, art and music, become the stitch, paint brush, metaphor, and narrative of arresting visual metaphors of childhood teachings and traumas, identity, and the personal reverence of pop culture’s beauty and beast. A mastermind in a new language of poetry, that engages and challenges readers to see beyond the traditional spaces poems are shaped and exist, Young’s neckbone extends tentacles in literature, art, and activism--redefining the collective and the sermon of the “blk” experience.
“I have never encountered a book filled with such defying, defiant soul. I cannot predict nor describe the potential audience for this book, but I assure you I am a member of that audience.” —Terrance Hayes, author of American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin?
“As you read this book, recognize that you’re not just reading one of our greatest living street poets or one of the most important thinkers on the Black experience; you're reading about yourself.” –Theaster Gates