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Slingshot begins with the author ensconced in the safe, soft, isolation of the rural pastoral, but once the author and the work move into urban space, monsters get bigger and wilder: sexual violence, institutionalization, mental hospitals, jails and prisons, and houselessness. In these messy, sad, horny, desperate poems full of dream logic, Cyree Jarelle Johnson considers the conse Slingshot begins with the author ensconced in the safe, soft, isolation of the rural pastoral, but once the author and the work move into urban space, monsters get bigger and wilder: sexual violence, institutionalization, mental hospitals, jails and prisons, and houselessness. In these messy, sad, horny, desperate poems full of dream logic, Cyree Jarelle Johnson considers the consequences of being multiply marginalized, as black people are consistently forced to the periphery of societal care, then punished for the choices made to stay alive, while being implicated in the marginalization of others. Slingshot appropriates formalism from whiteness, then flays it and uses whatever structure is prettiest to build poems inside of its skeleton.


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Slingshot begins with the author ensconced in the safe, soft, isolation of the rural pastoral, but once the author and the work move into urban space, monsters get bigger and wilder: sexual violence, institutionalization, mental hospitals, jails and prisons, and houselessness. In these messy, sad, horny, desperate poems full of dream logic, Cyree Jarelle Johnson considers the conse Slingshot begins with the author ensconced in the safe, soft, isolation of the rural pastoral, but once the author and the work move into urban space, monsters get bigger and wilder: sexual violence, institutionalization, mental hospitals, jails and prisons, and houselessness. In these messy, sad, horny, desperate poems full of dream logic, Cyree Jarelle Johnson considers the consequences of being multiply marginalized, as black people are consistently forced to the periphery of societal care, then punished for the choices made to stay alive, while being implicated in the marginalization of others. Slingshot appropriates formalism from whiteness, then flays it and uses whatever structure is prettiest to build poems inside of its skeleton.

40 review for Slingshot

  1. 4 out of 5

    Karla Strand

    Perhaps one day I’ll be able to write a review of this extraordinary collection of poetry that will do it justice but today I’m still digesting and processing each one of these evolutionary, revolutionary poems. I’ll just say that Johnson’s debut is sharp, courageous, candid, original, defiant, dirty, sexy, reflective, gender disrupting, and norm fucking. And I mean this only in the very best ways. This is one I’ll need to read multiple times.

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    Jesse Rice-Evans

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    Alyazia

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    Kaylin Jones

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    Carla Sofia Sofia

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    Poetry Daily

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    Brooke Winters

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    Amanda

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    Courtney Tyson

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