Marcus Wicker - Silencer: Poems

Premiere DateOct 12, 2017
00:00 Intro
02:15 Theorizing Wesley: On the African American Nonresident Alien — A poem reading by Marcus Wicker
03:22 Immigrant Boogie — Ghostpoet
05:51 Book Talk Intro: Kory French
09:01 Freakshow Ghostpoet
12:58 Interview with Marcus Wicker Part 1
23:03 Trouble + Me Ghostpoet
27:48 Stumped Speech on the Internet — A poem reading by Marcus Wicker
29:52 Interview with Marcus Wicker Part 2
40:45 We’re Dominoes Ghostpoet
44:58 Silencer with Blues & Birds on a Wire — A poem reading by Marcus Wicker
45:59 Book Talk Outro: Kory French
48:08 Many Moods at Midnight Ghostpoet
52:03 Finish

A suburban park, church, a good job, a cocktail party for the literati: to many, these sound like safe places, but for a young black man these insular spaces don’t keep out the news — and the actual threat — of gun violence and police brutality, or the biases that keeps body, property, and hope in the crosshairs. Continuing conversations begun by Citizen and Between the World and Me, Silencer sings out the dangers of unspoken taboos present on quiet Midwestern cul-de-sacs and in stifling professional settings, the dangers in closing the window on “a rainbow coalition of cops doing calisthenics around/a six-foot, three-hundred-fifty-pound man, choked back into the earth for what/looked a lot, to me, like sport.” Here, the language and cadences of hip-hop and academia meet prayer — these poems are crucibles, from which emerge profound allegories and subtle elegies, sharp humor and incisive critiques.

 

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Kory French is the Founder and Principal of Emily Consulting, a consulting company that leads start-up and early-stage companies in everything from concept development to strategic planning to scaling and exit…

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