Up South by Robert Lashley
ABOUT THE BOOK
In Up South, his second book of poems, Robert Lashley has gone deeper into the rituals, folklore, and ceremonies of Black Tacoma. This is a book about cities within cities, where the present has roots in decades of history, and the evidence of things unseen still guides people’s actions. In different forms, voices, and modes of rhetoric, Lashley paints complicated, moving pictures of environments, and people trying to survive in them.
1st Printing: Small Doggies Press 2017
Small Doggies Press Trade Paperback, March 2017
Edited by: Carrie Seitzinger
Cover Art by: Matty Byloos
Cover Design by: Matty Byloos & Olivia Croom
Interior Layout by: Olivia Croom
Distribution: Small Press Distribution
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PRAISE FOR UP SOUTH
“And it seems I am home again. In Up South, Robert Lashley continues his tradition of world-building with a keen eye facing the varied blacknesses, and the interiors of each one. There are aunties and mamas and deacons, yes. But there is also Icarus. There is also a personal emotional battle raging underneath the narrative, and an invitation for the reader to find their own emotional beasts and drag them out into the light. This is a beautiful, black, biblical work. There is no bolder or more fearless formalist writing poems right now, and Lashley continues to do the hardest work of all: building homes for his people where there may have been none before.” – Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib, author of The Crown Ain’t Worth Much
“Reading Robert Lashley’s work feels like unearthing ancient hymns about modern life. There is such precision to the poems that it’s hard to imagine how they were made, like looking through a microscope at a tiny, perfect machine. He is one of the finest poets I have ever read. In the poet’s words, Here is a structure rebuilt from a blood dream.” – Karen Finneyfrock, Curator, Jack Straw Program
POEMS FROM UP SOUTH
Frisked on Fraiser and Woburn @ NAILED Magazine
REVIEWS OF UP SOUTH