The Second Stop Is Jupiter
Drawing inspiration from African and Diasporic narratives, these poems evoke the surrealism of African author Amos Tutuola as much as they do English author Lewis Carroll. The Second Stop is Jupiter is a deep engagement with the cultural narrative, populated with Black hero figures who will fuel the imagination. upfromsumdirt invites us to ask, what if, with characters and poetic motifs rooted in existing narratives of Black life and fable. Titles like "The Death of Olympia" and "The Three Sulas" set the tone for this collection to manifest a Pan-Africanist poetics entwined with themes of Classical Romanticism.
About the Author
"The Second Stop is Jupiter is speculative poetry that blends myth, folktales, and science fiction in the vein of Octavia Butler and Gayl Jones. No, it's Black critical thought that takes up Frantz Fanon and Aimé Césaire; it's Afrofuturist funk grooving on Sun Ra and George Clinton; it's Black Arts Movement in and for the twenty-first century; it's a poetry of hope and denunciation, of resistance and liberation; it's a baroque, magic realist love song. It's all these things and more. Told in three parts and a coda, it's a space opera, a fairy tale, and an epic chronicle of liberation based on the life of Harriet Tubman, followed by a final suite of love poems. It's what happens when the nine hundred ignored faces of the hero begin to tell their stories through the cracks in the facade of popular culture and rethink its single, tidy narrative arc. The music, the puns, the varied literary and cultural allusions that pull from high and low, from print, television, and internet, from astrophysics and from across the continent of Africa, along with the self-deprecating and meta-poetic, pugilistic humor that characterize upfromsumdirt's verse grab you, pull you in, and wrestle you until they bless you."—Jeremy Paden, Author of World as Sacred Burning Heart
Other Titles in POETRY / American / African American