What noise against the cane

Desiree C. Bailey

Book - 2021

What Noise Against the Cane is a lyric quest for belonging and freedom, weaving political resistance, Caribbean folklore, immigration and the realities of Black life in America. Desiree C. Bailey begins by reworking the epic in an oceanic narrative of bondage and liberation in the midst of the Haitian Revolution. The poems move into the contemporary Black diaspora, probing the mythologies of home, belief, nation and womanhood. Series judge Carl Phillips observes that Bailey's "poems ar...gue for hope and faith equally. . . . These are powerful poems, indeed, and they make a persuasive argument for the transformative powers of steady defiance."

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Yale series of younger poets ; v. 115.
New Haven : Yale University Press [2021]
Physical Description
xiii, 78 pages ; 25 cm
Main Author
Desiree C. Bailey (author)
Other Authors
Carl Phillips, 1959- (writer of foreword)
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