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[Read] ➫ Indecency  By Justin Phillip Reed – Dcrjservices.co.uk chapter 1 Indecency , meaning Indecency , genre Indecency , book cover Indecency , flies Indecency , Indecency 47f6c08ac2c38 Intricate, Intimate, Difficult, And Confrontational Poems That Push At The Boundaries Of Selfhood, Skin, Culture, Sexuality, And BloodIndecency Is Boldly And Carefully Executed And Perfectly Ragged In These Poems, Justin Phillip Reed Experiments With Language To Explore Inequity And Injustice And To Critique And Lament The Culture Of White Supremacy And The Dominant Social Order Political And Personal, Tender, Daring, And Insightful The Author Unpacks His Intimacies, Weaponizing Poetry To Take On Masculinity, Sexuality, Exploitation, And The Prison Industrial Complex And Unmask All The Failures Of The Structures Into Which Society Sorts Us


10 thoughts on “Indecency

  1. says:

    I really wanted to love this book but whew I am honestly not smart enough to make sense of many of these poems I read and re read many of these poems and just didn t know what I was reading The ones I did understand were incredible, but there was just a lot of inscrutable poetry here Clearly, this is all brilliant work I just..prefer a bit accessibility and that fault is mine, not the poet s Paroxysm is staggeringly good Across all the poems, Reed has a lot of prescient things to say about blackness, violence, sexuality, stigma He challenges notions of what is truly indecent There is a lot of experimentation with form Some of it works and some of it does not This is absolutely a collection worth reading My response is purely borne of my own preferences, not the work in question.


  2. says:

    Wanted to love this one but couldn t understand a good amount of it Justin Phillip Reed tackles pressing topics masculinity, sexuality, white supremacy, etc with raw emotion and leaves few clean conclusions His words pack a lot of power and show his pain and the depth of his feeling The queerness and blackness of this collection, and the way Reed navigates these social identities with so much heart and vulnerability, makes Indecency a necessary addition to the existing canon of poetry Unfortunately, as someone not that well versed in poetry I found myself confused by several of these poems, such that I could grasp a few lines, an emotion, or an overall subject but couldn t comprehend the poem as a whole Unsure if this stems from my lack of poetry reading comprehension or the obscurity of Reed s language Still, would recommend this to people who like poetry and who find themselves drawn to work that questions the white, heteronormative social order through a personal perspective.


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    I ve told this story I barely graduated.I stunted my own growth I don t know howto go home What you don t know isI needed someone like you but braver NowI just have issues with needing anyone at all.Somehow both sophisticated and brutal, Indecency, the 2018 National Book Award winner for poetry, is full of vivid imagery and beautiful language that I was constantly marveling at, but honestly a lot of what Reed was doing was over my head This book absolutely deserves five stars, and it also deserves the kind of attention I don t feel I can give it right now And so, Indecency will join Louise Gl ck s Faithful and Virtuous Night in my list of collections I need to reread someday.


  4. says:

    From the NBA longlist for poetry this is a stunning collection dealing with issues of race and sexual orientation and the intersection of the two These poems are complex and often manage to be both cerebral and visceral The author is inspired by the killings of unarmed black men and a local case of a black wrestler accused of killing others by deliberately infecting other men with HIV Societal perceptions of race and sexuality are explored The author also plays with form both the physical layout and technical structure.


  5. says:

    Complex, clever but passionate poems The indecency of living, of being black, of being gay, of being alive in a hostile world Full of invented forms, each poem is a world unto itself but the cumulative power is intense Poetry of its time for all time.


  6. says:

    I decided to check out all of this year s National Book Award poetry short listers and this is one of the collections on that list Deep, dark purple poetry from a black gay perspective that is so constantly inventive it is barely contained or sometimes not contained at all by Reed s endless experimentation with form Beautifully literate and abrasively in your face rough but very real wake up calls A gut punch of perspective on the world we live in from one who is doubly marginalized Just when I d want to give up on a poem, a diamond made of one or two lines would emerge Can t wait to see how Reed evolves.


  7. says:

    f ing amazing


  8. says:

    I m back to work so this won t be as long or thorough as the other ones, I think, but that s also because this collection was incredible and at the same time difficult to access On one level, I mean this in a basic sense I frequently had to check a dictionary, Google a linguistics reference but also in some other sense that I m having trouble articulating Maybe I ll chew through it as I type this review The voice felt harsh, cold, closed, solitary, but surging with emotion anger often at people s capacities to move on so easily from others , specifically black queer, trauma , fear, loneliness, others A really compelling and kind of scarily bitter intelligent voice Reminded me of the narrator from Teju Cole s Open City Not that there aren t moments of warmth, solidarity, like Carolina Prayer Let us smell rain Let the breeze through an oak hymn the promise that keeps us waking Though that comes with its own darkness, right before Let the cop car swerve its nose into the night and not see none of them the hint of violence, a curse, in swerve Reed uses the second person in this really interesting way, one that identifies the reader with his voice, but also implicates accuses us You pile the less pleasant bits of news easily through all the sleep and line the story of years from About A White City, the incredible Retrograde where the you feels angry at their neighbors for having loud sex, and at their own vacuous erection now making controversy of your spinal wire tangle I ve been thinking a lot about anger this year, and it s also been all over the news mostly in the context of women s anger, people asking is it justified, is it useful I read a little bit of Martha Nussbaum s Anger and Forgiveness, which argues that anger is useful only if it quickly transitions into something less harmful and future oriented This position has been criticized for undervaluing anger and its role in resistance, particularly Black resistance Next to the philosophical political question of whether anger is justified useful, I feel like what Reed s you shows is that anger is real, visceral It can be cold, destructive regardless, it is real Bringing the reader into the you forces us to not ignore it, how we cause feel it.I don t know if that really makes sense But that s my attempt to parse through things A few other stray notes the titles are incredible, every title I feel is not a direct reference to something in the poem, but something that adds to it The linguistics references and what he does visually with syntax, using slashes and brackets and bolds are so, so cool I want to read a knowledgeable person s review of this collection And I want to return to it later, to really fully digest.


  9. says:

    I did not like this book.I did not get this book.I don t think this book was meant for me and that s ok.I think there s people it is meant for, and that they ll love it But to understand this book, you need to be woke on a level that I m not You need to be well versed in social justice, you need to have a certain background to comprehend it or, like me, you ll be lost I am not the intended audience.So in my eyes, this book came off as pretentious It was inaccessible It was unnecessarily graphic 50% or of the book made vague references that I didn t know and couldn t relate to It was alienating I was lost And to me, it didn t make sense It made analogies that I don t understand the logic behind It jumps from point A to point F when it makes arguments, and if you haven t already gotten from A to F on any situation before, it all will go right over your head and look slightly crazy.That was my experience with this poetry collection.So, yeah, no, I didn t like it But I can see how other people will.


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    The deep art of these days The city rears up white,white, lovely Inside, every room mutates like a basic truth The men are machines The white engine assembled a sincere crack in the silence This churning sucks up the day The violent muck is quite other Images, perceptions of the body, in sex and violence How to protect from potential victimizers, police etc and then gain possession of bodily self.Wonderful poet