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The Subsequent Blues
Gary Copeland Lilley

Four Way
2004 • 92 pp. 6 x 9 1/4"
Poetry / African-American Studies

$14.95 Paperback, 978-1-884800-54-2

Gary Copeland Lilley writes sonnets and he writes scat, applying traditional forms to untraditional subjects, achieving great grace and insight via ‘high’ and ‘low’ cultural fusions. He examines the DC ghetto and an assortment of its players (voodoo priests, junkies, soldiers, mothers…) through the lenses of both a sonnet’s crucial turn and the jazz riff’s apparent, adamant stream-of-consciousness.

E. Ethelbert Miller writes of The Subsequent Blues, “Gary Copeland Lilley writes like a man who owns a Stetson hat. Is he Stagolee? The Subsequent Blues is a book filled with a sinner’s honesty. Lilley captures life with all its blue tones and shades. From cigarette smoke, to drinks and drugs, a few of the poems are as seductive as a woman’s thighs. Lilley has seen enough bad times and death that each poem he writes has that flicker of light we once called soul. Put this book in your mojo bag.”

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From the Book:

This is about nothing but the want:
a basket of wings/ extra hot sauce
a pitcher of light beer/ and standing
in front of the stage/ slidinga five
up her inner thigh
toward the yellow garter/ close enough
to kiss her ass/ she turns
and a heart is in my face
I can smell her sweat/ I can
almost taste from the jar of honey.

Originally from Sandy Cross, North Carolina and now living in Chicago, GARY COPELAND LILLEY was a long-time resident of Washington, D. C., where he was a founding member of The Black Rooster Collective. He received the DC Commission on the Arts Fellowship for Poetry in 2000 and 1996. His stories and poems have been published in many journals and anthologies, including The African American Review, Drum Voice, The New Orleans Review, Eighty-eight, Gargoyle, Cabin Fever,and Beyond the Frontier. He earned a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, North Carolina in 2002 The Subsequent Blues is his first collection of poems.

Mon, 18 Jun 2018 11:53:17 -0500