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Author: Jamaal May
Publisher: Farmington, Maine : Alice James Books, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Summary:
"In May's debut collection, the human body is machine, manufactured in the motor city, alive with the urban sounds and beats. Poems buzz and purr like well-oiled chassis. Grit and trial and song thrum through each line. Tight syntax, finely tuned internal rhyme, and punchy consonants percuss each poem's beat like an unfailing 808 drum"--
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Genre/Form: American poetry
POETRY / American / African American
POETRY / American / General
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jamaal May
ISBN: 9781938584022 1938584023
OCLC Number: 833301701
Awards: Beatrice Hawley Award, 2012
Description: 74 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Still life --
Hum of the machine god --
Athazagoraphobia: fear of being ignored --
How to disappear completely --
Man matching description --
The sky, now black with birds --
Looks like a boy --
A Detroit hum ending with bones --
On metal --
Masticated light --
On gentleness --
Chionophobia: fear of snow --
The boy who bathes the dead --
Thalassophobia: fear of the sea --
Coming back for you --
Hum of the machinist's lover --
Hum for the hammer --
Neat --
How rto get your gun safely out of your mouth --
And even the living are lost --
Aichmophbia: fear of needles --
I do have a seam --
Triage --
The man who paints mountains and heliocopters --
Hum for the stone --
The girl who builds rockets from bricks --
Mechanophobia: fear of machines --
Pomegranate means grenade --
The God engine --
Paper frog on spring --
Thinking like a split melon --
If they hand your remains to your sister in a Chinese takeout box --
Paper crane on letting go --
Hum for the bolt --
Paper tiger to wind --
Macrophobia: fear of waiting --
The hum of Zug Island --
Ask what I've been.
Other Titles: Poems.
Responsibility: Jamaal May.

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"In May's debut collection, the human body is machine, manufactured in the motor city, alive with the urban sounds and beats. Poems buzz and purr like well-oiled chassis. Grit and trial and song thrum through each line. Tight syntax, finely tuned internal rhyme, and punchy consonants percuss each poem's beat like an unfailing 808 drum"--
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