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Book Summary: Shades of Silence

Shades of Silence Shades of Silence by Carlos Andres Gomez

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars

I saw Carlos Andres Gomez perform at an event at the University of Pennsylvania several years ago, where I bought this book. His work, though clearly playing off aural techniques, such as repetitions of sounds and parallelism, also reads well on the page. Writing a poem is like having sex, he explains in the poem "poetry like sex": "be mindful and patient of diction / stagger and alternate the rhythms / climax at the apex of emotion and sensation." Although, like his spiritual forebears in the Black Arts Movement, he sometimes veers too far into the polemical, he always brings it back to the visceral and the personal.

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