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Publish Date: January 2014
BY Sean Hill
From the poet whose stunning debut was praised as “transcendent” (Kevin Young) and “steadily confident" (Carl Phillips), Dangerous Goods tracks its speaker throughout North America and abroad. From the Bahamas, London, and Cairo, to Bemidji, Minnesota, and Milledgeville, Georgia, Sean Hill explores the relationship between travel, migration, alienation, and home. Here, playful “postcard” poems addressed to “Nostalgia” and “My Third Crush Today” sit alongside powerful reflections on the immigration of African Americans to Liberia during and after the era of slavery. Part shadowbox, part migration map, part travelogue-in-verse, Dangerous Goods is poignant, elegant, and deeply moving.
"Channeling Richard Hugo and Jay Wright, Hill's poignant, pointed poetry is a divining rod, knowing well that the dark is 'an ocean for us all.'"—Kevin Young, author of The Grey Album and Dear Darkness
"Sean Hill is a fastidious thinker. His poetry takes the facts and figures of history and weaves all of us into its fabric. His imagination soars like a long-winged ancient bird. We ride on his back on every page looking out over the territory of his mind, a tenacious wise flight, worth the wind."—Nikky Finney, National Book Award winner
"From Milledgeville, GA, where he was born, to London, Cairo, Minnesota, and the Caribbean, former Stegner Fellow Hill here explores the subject of travel. 'Here is me; I am here; I am desire; I/ am nothing when you come, I fear./ I'll miss you when you're here. Stay/ home; keep me forever.'"—Library Journal