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The Resource Felon : poems, Reginald Dwayne Betts

Felon : poems, Reginald Dwayne Betts

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Felon : poems
Title
Felon
Title remainder
poems
Statement of responsibility
Reginald Dwayne Betts
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Language
eng
Summary
"A searing volume by a poet whose work conveys "the visceral effect that prison has on identity" (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times). Felon tells the story of the effects of incarceration in fierce, dazzling poems-canvassing a wide range of emotions and experiences through homelessness, underemployment, love, drug abuse, domestic violence, fatherhood, and grace-and, in doing so, creates a travelogue for an imagined life. Reginald Dwayne Betts confronts the funk of postincarceration existence and examines prison not as a static space, but as a force that enacts pressure throughout a person's life. The poems move between traditional and newfound forms with power and agility-from revolutionary found poems created by redacting court documents to the astonishing crown of sonnets that serves as the volume's radiant conclusion. Drawing inspiration from lawsuits filed on behalf of the incarcerated, the redaction poems focus on the ways we exploit and erase the poor and imprisoned from public consciousness. Traditionally, redaction erases what is top secret; in Felon, Betts redacts what is superfluous, bringing into focus the profound failures of the criminal justice system and the inadequacy of the labels it generates. Challenging the complexities of language, Betts animates what it means to be a "felon.""--
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1980-
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Betts, Reginald Dwayne
Dewey number
811/.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
poetry
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Imprisonment
  • American poetry
Label
Felon : poems, Reginald Dwayne Betts
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 95 pages
Isbn
9780393652147
Lccn
2019026008
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • on1084326597
  • 691062
  • (OCoLC)1084326597
Label
Felon : poems, Reginald Dwayne Betts
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 95 pages
Isbn
9780393652147
Lccn
2019026008
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • on1084326597
  • 691062
  • (OCoLC)1084326597

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