The Poetry Project


Ama Codjoe & John Keene

What are the sense memories that forge in us the shapes of place, position, lineage? In her much anticipated debut collection Bluest Nude, Ama Codjoe poses question, praise, reflection, and reconsideration into the chorus of ancestors and descendants who sing into a self, the modes of looking outward, inward, and relationally which stitch together bravery and conviction. In his equally celebrated Punks: New & Selected Poems, John Keene surfaces an archive of contact, with poems that exalt eros and heartbreak, the momentary and enduring. Vision and touch are disappearing co-conspirators in the work of these poets, twin vapors trailing us through history and future.

Featuring a guest introduction by Reggie Harris


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