Ignited by the frictions of our American moment, this brilliant fourth collection by Patrick Rosal examines race in America and explores the possibilities and limitations of untapped multi-racial histories. Brooklyn Antediluvian attempts to fill a tragic absence in the current poetic landscape, addressing questions not just about the position of Filipinos in America, but of many kinds of Americans in relation to one another. Rosal holds brutality up to the light, though he doesn’t simply unreel a litany of suffering—natural calamity, state violence, personal heartbreak. Rather, the poet maps a way for the imagination to survive, honor, and love.
Brooklyn Antediluvian fuses the kinetics of Patrick Rosal’s first book—Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive— with the craft and social consciousness of his last two collections—My American Kundiman and Boneshepherds. Channeling DJ culture, family history, soul music, dance, and Galeanoesque myth-making, Brooklyn Antediluvian appeals to poetry devotees and novices alike, as well as the serious critic of Asian American culture and contemporary literature.
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