I'm Always So Serious (Paperback)

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"I'm Always so Serious is brilliant." --Terrance Hayes, winner of the National Book Award for Lighthead
Karisma Price's stunning debut collection is an extended
meditation on Blackness, on family, on loss. Anchored in New Orleans and New
York City, these poems braid personal and public histories into a cultural
reckoning of past and present. James Booker speaks to Ringo Starr, a phone "Autocorrects
'Nigga' to Night, '" If Beale Street
Could Talk
is recast with characters from The Odyssey. In these pages there is grief, there is absence, there
is violence--"We
know that mostly everything around us / is measured in blood."--but there is
also immense love and truth. Karisma Price has created a serious masterpiece, a
book "so dark you have no other option but to call it / precious."

About the Author

Karisma Price is the author of the forthcoming poetry collection "I'm Always so Serious" (Sarabande Books, 2023). Her work has appeared in Poetry, Four Way Review, Wildness, The Adroit Journal, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from Cave Canem and New York University, was a finalist for the 2019 Manchester Poetry Prize, and awarded The 2020 J. Howard and Barbara M.J. Wood Prize from The Poetry Foundation. She is from New Orleans, LA, and holds an MFA in poetry from New York University. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Poetry at Tulane University.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781956046045
ISBN-10: 1956046046
Publisher: Sarabande Books
Publication Date: February 14th, 2023
Pages: 92
Language: English