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read Spit Back a Boy doc » Paperback ´ Iain Haley Pollock’s poems cover the ground from a woman late to catfish supper to an ancient ueen who howls “Sea you is ugly” from the creaking of slave ships launched from Lancaster to gunfire on a contemporary Philadelphia street Such lyric moments find grounding in stories woven through this boNeath “I flung my almost white self into my mother’s embrace that brown embrace I hoped would swallow me whole and spit back a boy four shades darker” Another thread follows a marriage and a woman intertwined with hunger and the blues a woman who hears a whale song in a refrigerator’s hum who cries hard like the lonely barking of a foxEven when these poems soften they can’t be complacent about good fortune for all the Reading Iain Pollock's poems comes a close second to hearing him read them aloud which was my pleasure since he came as a guest poet to the Frost Place Conference on Teaching and Poetry when I was there Pollock packs his poems with the kind of rhythms and movement we expect from old blues and jazz singers He blends the beauty of language with the grace and charm of a man who appears to have become completely comfortable in his skin Read The Recessive Gene and Oya in Old City and you'll know what I mean I will be sharing these poems and others by this poet with my students

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Maple seedpods and snow fluttering down here the poems are always aware of wreckage and car bombs there and they keep conscious of the mustard gas of old wars and the losses of recent ones Punctuated with lives that end early such as those of Hart Crane and Mikey Clark a high school classmate who once swiped the Communion wine Pollock’s collection earns its vitality and romance without closing its eyes to violence and sorrow Wow one incredible poet In this collection he talks a lot about what it's like to be a light skin African American living in the states How he could have passed but chose not to Filled with Nina Simone like jazzy ualities this is one book you should not pass up especially if you want to support an author from the local Philly area

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Spit Back a BoyIain Haley Pollock’s poems cover the ground from a woman late to catfish supper to an ancient ueen who howls “Sea you is ugly” from the creaking of slave ships launched from Lancaster to gunfire on a contemporary Philadelphia street Such lyric moments find grounding in stories woven through this book in one story line a boy with a black mother and white father wishes he could shed his white skin or carve into what lies be Like Ralph Ellison’s narrator in Invisible Man Iain Haley Pollock’s speaker in Spit Back A Boy is the invisible underdog He’s a man torn between his “black mother’s blood”1 and his white father And like Ellison’s invisible narrator Pollack’s speaker battles the stereotypes that make him invisible since he’s not seen as a real person This journey to identity is an involved one through which Pollack’s speaker revisits the middle passage2 and Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath3 Along the way he encounters an orisha4 while roaming Philly’s mean streets5 Read the full review at