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About the author:
henry 7. reneau, jr. attended UC, Davis double-majoring in English and African/African-American Studies. He has been published in more than 120 journals and anthologies, among them, Nameless Magazine; Mandala Literary Journal; The Chaffey Review; Rufous City Review; Black Arts Quarterly; The View From Here; Empirical Magazine; FOLLY
Magazine: Entering: Davis Poetry Book Project Anthology; Tule Review; BlazeVOX; Suisun Valley Review; Tidal Basin Review; and Storm Cycle, 2013 Best of Anthology from Kind of a Hurricane Press. He was the winner of, and received an Honorable Mention, in the SN&R Student Poetry Contest for 2008. He was the 2nd place winner of an Academy of American Poets Prize (Celeste Turner Wright Poetry Prize, 2008), and placed 3rd in the 2009 Annual Jack Kerouac Poetry Contest. His upcoming poetry collection, freedomland blues (Transcendent Zero Press, 2014) will be released in September of 2014. He also has an e-book, physiography of the fittest (Kind of a Hurricane Press, 2014), released in November of 2014. Additionally, he has also self-published a chapbook entitled 13hirteen Levels of
Resistance, and is currently working on a book of connected short stories. His favorite things are
Rottweilers, poetry that reveals the concealed, but actual, American reality, his "fixie bike," and Ben & Jerry's New York Super Fudge Chunk.
henry 7. reneau jr.
This poetry collection will introduce your assumptions, denials and compliance to the tainted
reality of "the City on the Hill." The poems in this collection reflect a "dirty blues" perspective
of the contradiction that America has always been, is today, but doesn't have to continue to be.
You will be shaken and moved. You will feel the gluttonous furnace of scorched earth
democracy, and descend into the commotion, the atmosphere "We the People" swim in. But,
despite the bad things that might happen, the bad things that most often happen, these stanzas of
Blues-toned perseverance will rebuke any plummeting into self-pity, anger or hate; every heart
and mind: once bowed head, cautious mouth and averted eyes, will aspire to an incorrigible aim to
misbehave. Throughout freedomland blues, the author writes words in fire to wake the world
ablaze: free verse illuminated by courage that empathizes with all the awful moments, launching
a freight train warning that blazes from the heart, like a chambered bullet exploding
- Publication Date:
- 0692391118 / 9780692391112
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 6" x 9"
- Black and White with Bleed
- Related Categories:
- Poetry / General