Today's poem is "African Evening"
from Congotronic

University of Iowa Press

Shane Book is the author of Ceiling of Sticks, winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry and the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award. He is also a filmmaker whose award-winning work has screened around the world in numerous film festivals and on television. He is a graduate of New York University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.

Books by Shane Book:

Other poems on the web by Shane Book:
"The One"
Four poems
Two poems
Six poems
Two poems
"Flagelliform #21: Exile"
"Flagelliform 15"

About Congotronic:

"Welcome to the bounding dream and song of Congotronic! This kind of visionary music will ‘leave every jaw dropped, cocked and locked.’ It’s as if John Berryman was alive in the spiral of Shane Book’s ear. These are oral, oracular, and thoroughly original poems. Anyone who enters them will be transformed."
—Terrance Hayes

"With an immediate and sustaining wit, and all fingers on the pulse of language, Shane Book seeks to blow the ghost out of the machine and the dust off of history. No mind-body split here; instead a learned, restive, blues-based exploration of poetic modes and poetic potentialities, of layered identities and polyvocal echoes."
—Michael Palmer

"Shane Book crosses tremendous territory—from the social through the political and the philosophical to the sheerly imaginative; it’s travel in every sense of the word, motivated by the urgency of pluralistic experience, of the imperative to witness. And to bring that witnessing to life, to speak out, which he does with a marvelous range of dictions, vernaculars, and linguistic stances—making voice an active, even acrobatic thing. He performs a stunning high-wire act that manages to remain extremely well-grounded at the same time."
—Cole Swensen

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