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Threat Come Close
Aaron Coleman

Publication date: March 6, 2018


Stahlecker Selections

Four Way
2018 • 72 pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry / Poetry - American / Poetry - African American

$15.95 Paperback, 978-1-945588-04-4



A stunning debut collection that interrogates what it means to be black and male in America

In his debut collection, Aaron Coleman writes an American anthem for the 21st century, a full-throated lyric composed of pain, faith, lust and vulnerability. Coleman’s poems comment on and interrogate the meaning of home and identity for a black man in America, past and present. Guided by a belief system comprising an eclectic array of invented saints—Trigger, Seduction, Doubt and Who—Coleman’s quest finds answers in the natural world where “[t]he trees teach me how to break and keep on living.”

Reviews / Endorsements



“…this extraordinary debut epitomizes how the best of our contemporary poetry sings.”—Terrance Hayes

“… Coleman assumes the freedom to write from blackness—a freedom the black American poet must always seize because it is a freedom that is never simply granted—about blackness...”—Shane McCrae

“...the ravishing next step in American poetry.”—Diane Seuss



AARON COLEMAN is the author of St. Trigger and winner of the 2015 Button Poetry Prize. A Fulbright Scholar and Cave Canem Fellow, he received an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis and is a Chancellor’s Graduate Fellow in their Comparative Literature PhD program.



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