White Bull (Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry) (Paperback)

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White Bull (Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry) (Paperback)

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Hughey’s collection won a prize I also submitted to, and now I know why I lost: because these pages are incredible. Every word in them was uttered or written by the infamous, racist “Bull” Connor of Birmingham, Alabama. By subverting and repurposing language, unexpected images bloom and beauty is built from the wreckage. As I was reading I kept thinking: How the heck did she do this?!

— Ben

Composed entirely of words taken from the letters and public statements of the notorious segregationist Bull Connor, the poems in White Bull use language that was wielded in violence and oppression to reckon with the present moment. The city of Birmingham is a character too, with its suffocating heat and humidity, quarry pools, and mountain in the distance. Here, the truth comes out, like a child whispering in the midst of a political rally, "Summer separates us with the same trees." And, "I thought if I repeated a word enough it would change its meaning." Elizabeth Hughey holds up and examines the things handed down to us--from patterned wing backs and chipped tea sets to family names and gender roles--and asks if we should keep any of it or burn it all down and start again.

Product Details ISBN: 9781946448828
ISBN-10: 1946448826
Publisher: Sarabande Books
Publication Date: January 4th, 2022
Pages: 96
Language: English
Series: Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry