Tuesday, March 20, 2012

News at Eleven: More collage than formal argument,

the book juxtaposes literary and music criticism, autobiographical snippets, colloquial asides and name-checks of artists from the obscure to the famous. It also offers extended reconsiderations of Langston Hughes and Paul Laurence Dunbar, a poet born in Dayton in 1872 who reached national prominence, frequently tapping "black dialect."

Throughout, [Kevin] Young seeks to prove what has long been proven yet somehow always needs proving: the self-evident fact that African-American culture is American culture.

He dwells on a concept he calls "storying."

from The Plain Dealer: Poet Kevin Young's 'The Grey Album' meditates on race


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