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Publish Date: January 2014
BY Sean Hill
WINNER OF THE MINNESOTA BOOK AWARD FOR POETRY
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.
This title is supported by the Jerome Foundation.
BEYOND THE BOOK
Read a Q&A with Hill on the Milkweed blog
Read an essay on the poetics of Dangerous Goods.
Listen below to an album of poem songs". Poems by Sean Hill, music by Eric A. Des Marais
"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
"Through the distances of import and export, road trips and cruises, experience and memory, Hill helps us figure our own distances—what has happened for us as individuals, as Americans, and citizens of the world."—The Rumpus