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We're pleased to welcome to our At Home with Literati Series Isaac Pickell in support of everything saved will be last and Marie Buck in support of Unsolved Mysteries.
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everything saved will be last considers the body and the environments that hold it while navigating the personal, generational, and cultural consequences of passing as white. Melodic and often unsettling, this collection allows nothing passive about passing, or in choosing to refuse it.
Part reflection and part indictment, the meditations in these pages take aim at the long story racial capitalism and its contemporary keepers by pursuing small moments of self within politics that bleed away from the skin, toward whatever can be accessed as home, onto what remains there. everything saved asks the questions we should all still be asking and invites sometimes uncomfortable answers.
Unsolved Mysteries (Roof Books 2020) collects a group of short prose pieces that mashup stories from the television show Unsolved Mysteries and her reminiscences growing up in rural South Carolina. Buck's work unravels not only the mysteries of the tv series, but also how American popular culture portrays the working class. The violence of the lives and deaths of people named Dexter and Kari Lynn in the tv show inspire in Buck ambitions for social justice, revelatory sexual engagements and hope for clarity in documenting what really happens to people in contrast to the cleaned-up versions of more commercial narratives. Buck keeps hoping people will be alright, but she knows they died in pain and their deaths cause unending sorrow to their families. Such clear and poignant social texts are rare among today's poets, especially when they converge honesty and sympathy. Readers will find no sentimentality in Unsolved Mysteries, but they may find themselves.
Isaac Pickell is a passing poet & PhD student at Wayne State University in Detroit, where he teaches and studies the borderlands of blackness and black literature. A graduate of Miami University's MFA program, his work has been featured in Crazyhorse, Fence, The Journal, The Missouri Review, and Ninth Letter; you can find his new stuff online at Black Warrior Review, Protean Magazine, and Sixth Finch; and EVERYTHING SAVED WILL BE LAST (Black Lawrence Press, 2021) is his debut chapbook. Isaac has taken a seat in all fifty states and has so much to look forward to.
Marie Buck's books include UNSOLVED MYSTERIES (Roof Books, 2020), GOODNIGHT, MARIE, MAY GOD HAVE MERCY ON YOUR SOUL (Roof Books, 2017), and PORTRAIT OF DOOM (Krupskaya, 2015). They are the managing and web literary editor at Social Text and lives in Brooklyn.