Poetry 365

February 28, 2013

Poet Marcus Wicker

This month for Poetry 365 we’re featuring Marcus Wicker’s stellar new book Maybe the Saddest Thing.  Winner of the 2011 National Poetry Series Prize as selected by D.A. Powell, Wicker’s outstanding debut mixes meditations on memory, family, race, and desire with complicated love letters to African-American icons such as Pam Grier, Flavor Flav, and Dave Chappelle.  Fearless, vibrant, and hip, these 38, excitingly varied poems have been favorably compared to the work of Terrance Hayes who praised the collection for “showing us what it is to be in vigilant conversation with the world and with the self.”  So check out this wonderful new book, sample a poem below, and make sure to stop back next month for Poetry 365.

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