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What Noise Against the Cane

Desiree C. Bailey Carl Phillips

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Yale University
25 May 2021
What Noise Against the Cane is a lyric quest for belonging and freedom, weaving political resistance, Caribbean folklore, immigration and the realities of Black life in America. Desiree C. Bailey begins by reworking the epic in an oceanic narrative of bondage and liberation in the midst of the Haitian Revolution. The poems move into the contemporary Black diaspora, probing the mythologies of home, belief, nation and womanhood. Series judge Carl Phillips observes that Bailey's poems argue for hope and faith equally. . . . These are powerful poems, indeed, and they make a persuasive argument for the transformative powers of steady defiance.
By:   Desiree C. Bailey
Foreword by:   Carl Phillips
Imprint:   Yale University
Country of Publication:   United States
Volume:   115
Dimensions:   Height: 23mm,  Width: 17mm,  Spine: 2mm
Weight:   680g
ISBN:   9780300256536
ISBN 10:   0300256531
Series:   Yale Series of Younger Poets
Pages:   96
Publication Date:   25 May 2021
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Desiree C. Bailey is the author of the fiction chapbook In Dirt or Saltwater and has been published in Best American Poetry, Academy of American Poets, Callaloo, and elsewhere. She was born in Trinidad and Tobago, and grew up in Queens, New York. Carl Phillips is the award-winning author of fifteen books of poetry, most recently Wild Is the Wind and Pale Colors in a Tall Field. This is his tenth and final year as judge of the Yale Series of Younger Poets.

Reviews for What Noise Against the Cane

Bailey invites us to see what twenty-first-century life is like for a young woman of the Black diaspora in the long wake of a history of slavery, brutality, and struggling for freedoms bodily and psychological. -Carl Phillips, from the Foreword What Noise Against the Cane ruminates family and place, culture and daily rituals, and Desiree C. Bailey's voice sings it all true, lived and imagined. There's strength and give in each step of a journey, and traditional music informs this strong collection. Nimble phrasing and natural soil fuse into an extended narrative. Wherever this voice goes a Caribbean sun travels with it. The single, long line at the end of each page-as if a heart-line-accrues and transfigures this collection. Identity shines in each poem. And, as if a maroon might overhear, or a call awaits a response, What Noise Against the Cane embodies an intimate conjuring that fully engages the reader.-Yusef Komunyakaa Desiree C. Bailey sings true in her debut What Noise Against the Cane. Wherever this voice goes a Caribbean sun travels with it transfiguring what a maroon might overhear-a call awaiting response. -Yusef Komunyakaa Bailey invites us to see what twenty-first-century life is like for a young woman of the Black diaspora in the long wake of a history of slavery, brutality, and struggling for freedoms bodily and psychological. -Carl Phillips, from the Foreword -- Carl Phillips What Noise Against the Cane ruminates family and place, culture and daily rituals, and Desiree C. Bailey's voice sings it all true, lived and imagined. There's strength and give in each step of a journey, and traditional music informs this strong collection. Nimble phrasing and natural soil fuse into an extended narrative. Wherever this voice goes a Caribbean sun travels with it. The single, long line at the end of each page-as if a heart-line-accrues and transfigures this collection. Identity shines in each poem. And, as if a maroon might overhear, or a call awaits a response, What Noise Against the Cane embodies an intimate conjuring that fully engages the reader.-Yusef Komunyakaa -- Yusef Komunyakaa


  • Commended for National Book Awards (Poetry) 2021

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