A Fortune for Your Disaster (Paperback)

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A Fortune For Your Disaster is all that a great sophomore project can be. It's comfortable enough to experiment a bit, like ATLiens. It's a more mature project, like Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them. It's more focused on its theme, like The Cool. It's more refined, like Demon Days. If you're not familiar with Hanif Abdurraqib's poetry, this book is a great entry point, like The Score, God Loves Ugly, The Low End Theory, or Discovery. And if you are familiar with his work, it's got more of what you love, like Portishead. But really, if you were up on Hanif's first book of poetry you already know you're getting this one, like The New Danger.

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"When an author's unmitigated brilliance shows up on every page, it's tempting to skip a description and just say, Read this Such is the case with this breathlessly powerful, deceptively breezy book of poetry." --Booklist, Starred Review

In his much-anticipated follow-up to The Crown Ain't Worth Much, poet, essayist, biographer, and music critic Hanif Abdurraqib has written a book of poems about how one rebuilds oneself after a heartbreak, the kind that renders them a different version of themselves than the one they knew. It's a book about a mother's death, and admitting that Michael Jordan pushed off, about forgiveness, and how none of the author's black friends wanted to listen to "Don't Stop Believin'." It's about wrestling with histories, personal and shared. Abdurraqib uses touchstones from the world outside--from Marvin Gaye to Nikola Tesla to his neighbor's dogs--to create a mirror, inside of which every angle presents a new possibility.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781947793439
ISBN-10: 1947793438
Publisher: Tin House Books
Publication Date: September 3rd, 2019
Pages: 108
Language: English