Autonomous Press* just released its first two single-author poetry books: Adrift in a Sea of M&Ms, by Marcel Price (aka Fable the Poet), and Teaching Languagings to Nonverbal Thinkers: The US Book, by Michael Scott Monje Jr.
I’m going to do something I have never done before and endorse Adrift in a Sea of M&Ms even though my copy has not even arrived yet. I’m going to do this because Michael edited it, and I’ve read The US Book more times than just about anyone. Also because I’ve been Facebook friends with Marcel Price for long enough now to determine that clicking “Friend” was a sound life choice. (Tbh, that took about fifteen seconds to decide.)
I am also going to endorse the crap out of The US Book, which I know very well indeed. A few of the poems in it were what convinced me to ask Michael to chair my MA thesis. A few others got handed to me in draft form for feedback before the book came out. And, oh yeah, I wrote the Afterword. Which Michael let stand even though it contains at least one terrible pun.
Here is an incomplete and non-representative list of people who will enjoy The US Book:
- Teachers of language
- Users of languages
- Listeners-to of other people who use language
- Hip-hop fans
- Poetry fans
- Survivors of the sorts of childhoods about which scathing tell-all memoirs are written
- Current endurers of the sorts of childhoods about which scathing tell-all memoirs are written
- Hamilton fans
- People who thought Hamilton was fine and all but it didn’t go far enough
- People who want to be activists but don’t know how to get that angry
- People who are already activists and need to breathe in now and then
- Very small rocks
- Hyper-intelligent cyborgs
- Hypo-intelligent cyborgs
- That Guy in Your MFA
- People with other people inside their heads
- People who can recite entire episodes of Battlestar Galactica
- You, probably
The US Book is poetry, and also hip-hop. It’s academic analysis, but also memoir. It’s a parliament of owls and also a sci-fi con. It will change the way you think. Screw the bleeding edge of English studies; this book will put you on the godsdamned event horizon. This book does not care that an “event horizon” is a mathematical construct and not an actual place. This book can take you there.
Oh, and the Afterword is pretty good too.
*Full disclosure: I’m the AutPress partner who enjoys ignoring requests for contributor bios.