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Set against the media environment that saturates even our most intimate spaces, Dispatch attends to, revises, and thinks adjacent to the news of racial/gendered violence in the US, from the nineteenth century to the present day. These poems ask: What kind of revisions will make this a world/a story that is concerned with my people’s flourishing? How ought I pay attention, Set against the media environment that saturates even our most intimate spaces, Dispatch attends to, revises, and thinks adjacent to the news of racial/gendered violence in the US, from the nineteenth century to the present day. These poems ask: What kind of revisions will make this a world/a story that is concerned with my people’s flourishing? How ought I pay attention, how to register perpetual bad news without letting it fatally intrude? Cameron Awkward-Rich is among the most bracing voices to emerge in recent years, a dazzling exemplar of poetry’s (and humanity’s) possibilities.


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Set against the media environment that saturates even our most intimate spaces, Dispatch attends to, revises, and thinks adjacent to the news of racial/gendered violence in the US, from the nineteenth century to the present day. These poems ask: What kind of revisions will make this a world/a story that is concerned with my people’s flourishing? How ought I pay attention, Set against the media environment that saturates even our most intimate spaces, Dispatch attends to, revises, and thinks adjacent to the news of racial/gendered violence in the US, from the nineteenth century to the present day. These poems ask: What kind of revisions will make this a world/a story that is concerned with my people’s flourishing? How ought I pay attention, how to register perpetual bad news without letting it fatally intrude? Cameron Awkward-Rich is among the most bracing voices to emerge in recent years, a dazzling exemplar of poetry’s (and humanity’s) possibilities.

30 review for Dispatch: Poems

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jenny (Reading Envy)

    A new to me voice I'm glad I read. Just read Cento Between Beginning and End which is "composed of language scavenged from the works of Justin Phillip Reed, Hieu Minh Nguyen, Fatimah Asghar, Kaveh Akbar, sam sax, Ari Banias, C. Bain, Oliver Bendorf, Hanif Abdurraqib, Safia Elhillo, Danez Smith, Ocean Vuong, Franny Choi, Lucille Clifton, and Nate Marshall. All of whom have made for me a world and for whom I wish the world” and you will know why I feel so strongly about this poet and these poems ( A new to me voice I'm glad I read. Just read Cento Between Beginning and End which is "composed of language scavenged from the works of Justin Phillip Reed, Hieu Minh Nguyen, Fatimah Asghar, Kaveh Akbar, sam sax, Ari Banias, C. Bain, Oliver Bendorf, Hanif Abdurraqib, Safia Elhillo, Danez Smith, Ocean Vuong, Franny Choi, Lucille Clifton, and Nate Marshall. All of whom have made for me a world and for whom I wish the world” and you will know why I feel so strongly about this poet and these poems (how many of my favorites are in that list, it's truly incredible....)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Anatoly Molotkov

    "Yes./ This is the world/ with me in it. It is/ beautiful. It is." A poetry collection as beautiful as the world it describes, "Dispatch" digs deeply into our identities and the way they are affected by circumstances and encounters. Stunning and important poetry.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    beautiful beautiful beautiful

  4. 5 out of 5

    Fitzie

    Stunned, awed, knocked over backwards by this incredible book. I did not mean to start reading this book right before my neighborhood burned & my city became the center of international protests calling for justice for George Floyd, who was murdered by the cops. But I can’t imagine a better time to have opened this. I am grateful for these words at a time when I feel constantly at a loss for them. Cameron Awkward-Rich has written his way into the pain of this moment, which for the Black communit Stunned, awed, knocked over backwards by this incredible book. I did not mean to start reading this book right before my neighborhood burned & my city became the center of international protests calling for justice for George Floyd, who was murdered by the cops. But I can’t imagine a better time to have opened this. I am grateful for these words at a time when I feel constantly at a loss for them. Cameron Awkward-Rich has written his way into the pain of this moment, which for the Black community isn’t a moment but an everyday reality, & it’s important that we hear it. from [Black Feeling]: What strange benevolence: this morning, again the country ablaze firework / gunfire / man of music & I alone in the manic dark, head in my hands ringing & ringing, faithful goddamned blood alarm.

  5. 5 out of 5

    C

    I had not heard of Cameron Awkward-Rich until very recently. Someone who saw that I had recently read Sam Sax and Hanif Abdurraqib suggested that I read him so I gave this one a shot. I am so glad that I did. I would not put this book quite as high as those other two poets but by a hair only. This is gorgeous, fiery work. Meaningful and impactful. My favorite poem is Walking to Lake Calhoun. This is absolutely fantastic stuff - another writer to look into, for sure.

  6. 5 out of 5

    S.A. Crow

    Another collection so purely readable that I know I need to return to it to really study his language, structure (and to glory more in its beauty).

  7. 4 out of 5

    kate

    read for GNDST/ENG 204 Queer & Trans Writing read for GNDST/ENG 204 Queer & Trans Writing

  8. 4 out of 5

    Alyson Podesta

    never disappoints

  9. 4 out of 5

    Spence

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kate Wilson

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jennie Chantal

  12. 5 out of 5

    Abby

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jack

  14. 4 out of 5

    Clara

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dan

  16. 4 out of 5

    Shamas Hereth

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sivan

  18. 4 out of 5

    Melanie W

  19. 5 out of 5

    Camille Davis

  20. 5 out of 5

    Spencer

  21. 4 out of 5

    caicue

  22. 5 out of 5

    Makena

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    Victoria

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alexa

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ally Ang

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cliff Jones

  27. 4 out of 5

    Estlin

  28. 4 out of 5

    Keana Labra

  29. 5 out of 5

    Gary Lee

  30. 4 out of 5

    Zora Serfozo

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