Simulacra by Airea D. MatthewsSimulacra by Airea D. Matthews


byAirea D. MatthewsForeword byCarl Phillips

Hardcover | March 28, 2017

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Winner of the 2016 Yale Series of Younger Poets prize

A fresh and rebellious poetic voice, Airea D. Matthews debuts in the acclaimed series that showcases the work of exciting and innovative young American poets. Matthews’s superb collection explores the topic of want and desire with power, insight, and intense emotion. Her poems cross historical boundaries and speak emphatically from a racialized America, where the trajectories of joy and exploitation, striving and thwarting, violence and celebration are constrained by differentials of privilege and contemporary modes of communication. In his foreword, series judge Carl Phillips calls this book “rollicking, destabilizing, at once intellectually sly and piercing and finally poignant.” This is poetry that breaks new literary ground, inspiring readers to think differently about what poems can and should do in a new media society where imaginations are laid bare and there is no thought too provocative to send out into the world.
Airea D. Matthews was awarded a 2016 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award. Matthews’s poems have appeared in Best American Poetry 2015,American Poet,Four Way Review,The Missouri Review,The Baffler, and elsewhere. She lives and writes in Detroit.  Carl Phillips is the award-winning author of twelve books of poetry. His most recent work ...
Title:SimulacraFormat:HardcoverDimensions:104 pages, 7.5 × 6 × 0.56 inPublished:March 28, 2017Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0300223978

ISBN - 13:9780300223972


Editorial Reviews

"Matthews’s writing is bold, innovative and complex."—Washington Post"Matthews is virtuosic, frantic, and darkly, very darkly, funny."—Dan Chiasson, New Yorker"There’s manic, witty energy throughout and delight in the play of form and language."—Library Journal"[A] deft, shape-shifting debut. . . . Matthews surveys the possible responses to what seems ineluctable, offering a work of intrepid imagination, inquiry, and strength."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)“Simulacra takes a provocative stance against modern privilege, power, and desire; exploring the ways we communicate (and don’t) with one another in an age of hyper-media. This is a must-read for anyone trying to survive the Twitter presidency.”—Bustle"Matthews has earned a place in the accomplished company of Adrienne Rich and Muriel Rukeyser."—Booklist"Simulacra . . . demonstrates how traditional text-based poetry is evolving and adapting to modern molds."—Pacific StandardWinner of a 2016 Rona Jaffee Foundation Writer's Award