Starshine & Clay

Four Way. Oct. 2017. Sept. 2017. 128p. ISBN 9781935536956. pap. $15.95. POETRY
OrangeReviewStarIn language mesmerizingly blunt-spoken and honest, then sliding into starshine (the title as a whole comes from poet Lucille Clifton), Pushcart Prize winner Moon (She Has a Name) makes vital art of the African American experience. "The sight/ of dark skin brings out the wild/ in certain human breeds," says "The Emperor's Deer"; "They slay our young/ …& wonder, after centuries/ why we are not used to this." Tragically, many poems are elegies of individuals past and present; after Hurricane Katrina, a statue of Jefferson Davies clutches a Confederate flag, "red as blood." Later poems portray "winged, humming love" and note "ecstasy spilling from sax,/ from lips singed by smooth brown fire/ cooling in a glass nearby, neat."
VERDICT Highly recommended.

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