Persea Books, 2019
A title as understated as Dispatch deserves poems that challenge and change our idea of what poetry is and of what it can do. Cameron Awkward-Rich has written those poems—brilliantly original, what I imagine listeners must hear when they first encounter Billie Holiday: the voice understanding its subject, the subject having in it some horror, the voice seeming to lag behind as it finds unexpected and particularized language from the ‘blackened heart.’ This book’s urgency comes from its understanding that the world it cherishes is a world deteriorating. Yet it is a book of love poems no matter what!
Dispatch by Cameron Awkward-Rich
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