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By Sean Hill

From the poet whose lovely debut was once praised as "transcendent" (Kevin younger) and "steadily confident" (Carl Phillips), risky items tracks its speaker all through North the US and overseas, illuminating the ways that domestic and position might inhabit each other with ease or uncomfortably or either at the same time. From the Bahamas, London, and Cairo, to Bemidji, Minnesota, and Milledgeville, Georgia, Sean Hill interweaves the modern with the old, and explores with urgency the connection among trip, migration, alienation, and residential. the following, playful "postcard" poems addressed to Nostalgia and My 3rd weigh down at the present time sit down along strong reflections at the immigration of African american citizens to Liberia in the course of and after the period of slavery. Such diversity and formal innovation make Hill's moment assortment either infrequent and exhilarating. half shadowbox, half migration map, half travelogue-in-verse, harmful items is poignant, dependent, and deeply relocating.

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Bert Williams (1875–1922): an African-American singer, songwriter, and comedian, one of the preeminent entertainers of his day. After getting his start in vaudeville with blackface minstrel roles, he used his popularity to move beyond them and start clearing away ‘‘darkie’’ stereotypes from popular entertainment. In 1903, he starred in the first African-American musical to open on Broadway, In Dahomey. 33 ................. 17999$ $CH5 01-21-11 07:28:33 PS PAGE 33 Minstrels6 when you steal a chicken just save me the wing7 for if it isn’t Erie8 it ain’t for miles around a Mazda9—and the telegraphic night coming on10 Thomas the year— a Ediford11—and whistling down the tracks 10 a headlight rushing with the sound—can you imagine—while an express makes time like science—commerce and the holyghost radio12 roars in every home we have the northpole13 wallstreet and virginbirth without stones or 15 6.

17999$ $CH4 01-21-11 07:28:43 PS PAGE 32 the r iver tick your patent name on a signboard brother—all over—going west—young man1 Tintex2 —Japalac3 —Certain-teed Overalls ads4 . . and lands sakes! 5 S . . and past the din and slogans of the river: In a letter Otto Kahn of September 27, 1927, Crane explains the transition from ‘‘Van Winkle’’ to ‘‘The River’’: ‘‘The subway is simply a figurative, psychological ‘vehicle’ for transporting the reader to the Middle West. He lands on the railroad tracks in the company of several tramps in the twilight.

17. When Irving’s Rip Van Winkle wakes up, he finds that, having slept through the American Revolution, he is, like Crane’s version of him, neither ‘‘here’’ in the present nor ‘‘there’’ in the past: ‘‘There had been a revolutionary war . . ’’ 18. Manhattan Island was urbanized slowly from its southern to its northern tip, a process not completed until late in the nineteenth century. When Crane’s Van Winkle fell asleep, Lower Broadway was a meadow; when he wakes up, it is the thronged urban thoroughfare of modern New York.

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