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How to Survive the Apocalypse

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How to Survive the Apocalypse

Format: Trade Cloth, 80 pages
Pub Date: 04/05/2022
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-58838-466-9
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Jacqueline Allen Trimble’s new collection, How to Survive the Apocalypse, explores the idea that African Americans have weathered many apocalypses and advises those who wish to avoid the annihilation that awaits them to “live by rage and joy and turpentine.” Trimble reimagines old forms—the sonnet and the parable—producing poems of ironic indictment and joyous celebration for in this collection the only balm for rage is creativity. To that end the book chronicles subjects as varied as black woman joy, Nat Turner, kneeling as a form of protest, and the burning down of fast food restaurants. Sometimes funny, often ironic, and always biting in its commentary, the poems move from joy to pain to rage and back to joy, connecting history to the contemporary moment, and exploring what and how human beings, African Americans in particular, have survived culturally, historically, politically, and personally.