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Things I Have Withheld (Hardcover)

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Ignore the cheap children's book cover. This book is tender and magnificent. An expression of the thoughts and feelings we rarely share -- about race, gender, and nationality -- from a poet of incredible skill.

— From Jeff

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In a deeply moving, critical and lyrical collection of interconnected essays, award-winning writing Kei Miller explores the silences in which so many important things are kept. Miller examines the experience of discrimination through this silence and what it means to breach it "" to risk words, to risk truth; and through the body and the histories those bodies inherit "" the crimes that haunt them, and how the meanings of our bodies can shift as we move through the world, variously assuming privilege or victimhood.

Through letters to James Baldwin, encounters with Soca, Carnival, family secrets, love affairs, questions of aesthetics and more, Miller powerfully and imaginatively recounts everyday acts of racism and prejudice from a black, male, queer perspective. An almost disarmingly personal collection, Kei dissects his experiences in Jamaica and Britain, working as an artist and intellectual, making friends and lovers, discovering the possibilities of music and dance, literary criticism, culture, and storytelling.

With both the epigrammatic concision and conversational cadence of his poetry and novels, Things I Have Withheld is a great artistic achievement: a work of innovation and beauty which challenges us to interrogate what seems unsayable and why "" our actions, defense mechanisms, imaginations and interactions "" and those of the world around us.



Product Details
ISBN: 9780802158956
ISBN-10: 0802158951
Publisher: Grove Press
Publication Date: September 14th, 2021
Pages: 224
Language: English