Maybe The Saddest Thing: Poems

Paperback | October 23, 2012

byMarcus Wicker

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“These are wide-ranging Whitmanesque poems—self-aware meditations that rap and jazz their way forward, talk back, backtrack, and scratch so hard they blow out the speakers with their complicated love for a huge cast of icons, from Pam Grier to Flavor Flav, from RuPaul to Dave Chapelle.”
—Erika Meitner

“Keats, too, would have admired the holy truth of Marcus Wicker, whose lyric wizardry astounds the ear.”
—D.A. Powell

Winner of the 2011 National Poetry Series Prize as selected by D.A. Powell, Marcus Wicker's Maybe the Saddest Thing is a sterling collection of contemporary American poems by an exciting new and emerging voice.

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“These are wide-ranging Whitmanesque poems—self-aware meditations that rap and jazz their way forward, talk back, backtrack, and scratch so hard they blow out the speakers with their complicated love for a huge cast of icons, from Pam Grier to Flavor Flav, from RuPaul to Dave Chapelle.”—Erika Meitner“Keats, too, would have admired the ...

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Winner of the 2011 National Poetry Series Prize as selected by D.A. Powell, Marcus Wicker's Maybe the Saddest Thing is a sterling collection of contemporary American poems by an exciting new and emerging voice.

Marcus Wicker was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan. A 2011 Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship recipient, he has also held fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center, Cave Canem, and Indiana University, where he received his MFA. His poems have appeared inPoetry,Beloit Poetry Journal,jubilat,Ninth Letter, andCrab Orchard Review, among other journa...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.22 inPublished:October 23, 2012Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062191012

ISBN - 13:9780062191014

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“Wicker preaches an urgent gospel of pop-culture, desire, adolescence, race, and family, that says “Hell yes” to the world with deft turns of phrase, and a rhythmic inventiveness that hurtles down the page. This fearless debut will make your head spin, your heart strut.”