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“This muscular, lyrical debut from Ali, winner of the 2014 New Issues PoetryPrize, recounts family history and struggle as well as the joys and hardships of single fatherhood. Varied in their formal elements and musicality, Ali’s poems consistently engage black history and pop culture as windows into more personal, yet deeply political, realms: “Begin with a shooting,/ a controversial art exhibit, a mob throwing dung at the Black Madonna”. . .Ali’s willful, complex collection marks him as a poet to watch”

Publisher’s Weekly