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Dark testament : poems / Crystal Simone Smith.


"With poems found within the text of George Saunders's Lincoln in the Bardo, Crystal Simone Smith embarks on an uncompromising exploration of collective mourning and crafts a masterwork that resonates far beyond the page. These poems are visually stark, a gathering of gripping verses that unmasks a dialogue of tragic truths--the stories of lives taken unjustly and too soon. Bold and deeply affecting, Dark Testament is a remarkable reckoning with our present moment, a call to action, and a plea for a more just future. Along with the poems, Dark Testament includes a stirring introduction by the author that speaks to the content of the poetry, a Q&A with George Saunders, and a full-color photo-insert that commemorates victims of unlawful killings with photographs of memorials that have been created in their honor."--Publisher marketing.

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  • ISBN: 9781250854360
  • ISBN: 1250854369
  • Physical Description: 135 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2023.

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
No justice, no peace -- Oscar Grant -- Eric Garner -- Black mothers and sons -- Trayvon Martin -- Sybrina Fulton -- #BLM -- Michael Brown -- Jordan Davis -- The world and me -- Michelle Kenney & (Antwon Rose II) -- Daunte Wright -- Justified homicide -- Aiyana Jones, age 7 -- Laquan McDonald -- White witnesses -- Black witness -- Rodney King -- Civil Obedience -- Sandra Bland -- Jayland Walker -- Mr. Politician -- In memoriam -- The dilemma we all live with -- Ahmaud Arbery -- George Floyd -- Protest song -- Curfew hour -- Walter Scott -- Andrew Brown, Jr. -- The bloodshed -- Samuel Dubose -- Sean Bell -- Dear Mr. Legislator -- Philando Castile -- Levar Jones -- Breonna Taylor -- Hereafter -- Stephon Clark -- Freddie Gray -- Samaria Rice & (Tamir Rice) -- Elijah McClain -- Generations (An Elegy) -- Botham Jean -- All our sins -- In conversation: George Saunders and Crystal Simone Smith.
Subject: Black lives matter movement > Poetry.
Grief > Poetry.
African Americans > Poetry.
Death > Poetry.
Murder > Poetry.
Erasure poetry.
African Americans > Poetry.
Death > Poetry.
Violence > Poetry.
Erasure poetry.
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / People & Places / United States / African American & Black.
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Prejudice & Racism.
Erasure poetry
Black lives matter movement
African Americans
Genre: Young adult literature.
Erasure poetry

Available copies

  • 1 of 1 copy available at Skagit Evergreen Libraries. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Burlington Public Library System. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Burlington Public Library.


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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Burlington Public Library 811.6 SMITH 2023 39851001702118 Non-fiction Copy hold Available -

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