Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 7:00pm

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Sasha Banks will be in conversation with Jacqui Germain.

Praise for america, MINE:

In america, MINE Banks comes to collect a devilish debt. A conduit for ancestral wisdom and wizardry, Banks shows us how words can be all things—a wish, a whip, a wound, a world, a wonder. This book be a black mirror reflecting all that we hope for, “some spectacular / abundance,” and all that we fear, “the twisted shape / of grief.” These poems interrogate what it means to be American and Uhmarekin, trouble and antagonize America’s hostile history (distant and recent), and fantasize a fertile future for Black protagonists who will soon “inherit the sky / somehow.” 

—T’ai Freedom Ford, author of & More Black 

america, MINE takes on the hard work of refracturing an already fractured landscape and re- building it in a more honest image. What I love most about the work of Sasha Banks is how the language offers a permission to grieve and a permission to feel rage. But, even beyond, a permission to fully see your people on the other side and figure out how to love them best there. A place where “The blood will not be ours, anymore.” This book truly sings.

—Hanif Abdurraqib, author of A Fortune for Your Disaster 

With trenchant wit and thrilling inventiveness, Sasha Banks’s visionary poems invite us to imagine building the post-white supremacist, post-capitalist America of our dreams on the ruins of the past—will “Uhmareka” be an Afro-futurist utopia, an Afro-pessimist wasteland, or some bizarre combination of the two? Can we build anything at all on so shaky a foundation? Let’s watch!

—James Hannaham, author of Delicious Foods 

“What joy is this that never knew us?” 

Sasha Banks’s searing debut poetry collection america, MINE is a radical conjuring of a post-white supremacist United States of America. Blending speculative poetics and historiography, Banks creates a rich revisionist account of America, in which its most fraught institutions collapse and Uhmareka emerges—layering a new, strange, and graphic landscape with the textures of supernatural happenings, ghosts, creatures, and inconsistent recollections of American histories. Spurred on by the trauma of and lack of local and national accountability for Michael Brown’s murder in 2014, Banks mixes magical realism and keen rage to interrogate white supremacy’s narratives, challenge its prerogatives, and usher in a future where it can thrive no longer. In so doing, these Afrofuturist poems by turns summon historical and archetypal Black figures like Fannie Lou Hamer and Aunt Jemima to the National Mall; rouse the ghosts of Tituba, Rekia Boyd, and Cynthia Wesley at the Canfield Green Apartments in Ferguson; and describe a period of raucous destruction before Uhmareka is ushered in by the strange and mysterious forces that herald it. Will Black lives thrive in the re-envisioned Uhmareka, or will they struggle to balance new freedom with the lingering fear of the old ways’ return? In america, MINE, Sasha Banks demands that we consider what possibility may spring forth from such imagining. 

Sasha Banks is a Pushcart nominated poet whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in Apogee, PBS Newshour, SRPR (Spoon River Poetry Review), FANZINE, Poor Claudia, RHINO, B O D Y Literature, The Collagist, and Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora. Banks is the creator of Poets for Ferguson. She received her MFA at Pratt Institute and lives in Dallas. america, MINE is her first book. 

Jacqui Germain is a published poet and journalist living and working in St. Louis, MO. Author of the 2016 Button Poetry chapbook When the Ghosts Come Ashore, Germain has received fellowships from the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission, Jack Jones Literary Arts, Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, and the Poetry Foundation’s Emerging Poets Incubator. Most recently, Germain was selected as the inaugural poet for PSA:, a St. Louis-based public art project featuring original text installed on the broadside of a building. Her poems have been published in multiple literary journals in addition to being anthologized in Bettering American Poetry, Volume 3; The End of Chiraq: A Literary Mixtape; and Crossing the Divide, an anthology of St. Louis poets. 

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ISBN: 9781947918047
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Co-Im-Press - April 24th, 2020