nothin' ugly fly: poems
by Marvin K. White
In nothin’ ugly fly, Marvin K. White follows his celebrated last rights by charting the course from being a boy "dangerous and unexpected" to being a man who becomes "expected" through loving another man. The black bird that is his poetry emerges out of the relation between what is said and what is only hinted in the voice and music of his work. In his best poems, the self asserted is fiercely witty and soul-filled, and it embodies the whole flock of men he acknowledges, honors and celebrates. This is a book that lifts off and lifts up. —Forrest Hamer, Author, Middle Ear
Wise and wry, Marvin K. White’s nothin’ ugly fly is a pleasure and a treasure. There are spare poems of concentrated emotion and intensity. There are swirling rococo pieces with all the creeping vines, veils and frou-frou appropriate to nightclub divas. Most of all, nothin’ ugly fly is a lovingly honest rendering of family, faith and the falling and rising of the body black. —Jaime Cortez, Editor,Virgins, Guerrillas & Locas
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Marvin K. White is the author of four collections of poetry, Our Name Be Witness, Status, last rights (finalist for Stonewall Book Award and Lambda Literary Award) and nothin’ ugly fly (finalist for Lambda Literary Award). White is a poet, performer, playwright, visual artist, community arts organizer and seminarian. His poetry has been anthologized in The Road Before Us: 100 Black Gay Poets; My Brother’s Keeper; Gents, Bad Boys and Barbarians: New Gay Writing; Things Shaped in Passing; Sojourner: Writing in the Age of AIDS; Bum Rush the Page; Role Call; and Think Again, as well as other local and national publications. He is the co-editor of If We Have to Take Tomorrow: HIV, Black Men & Same-Sex Desire. His poetry has been adapted for stage at San Francisco’s Theater Rhinoceros, and he has performed his own work at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts as a part of their 2014 BAN7 Festival. As a former member of the critically acclaimed theater troupe Pomo Afro Homos he has performed nationally and internationally. White holds a fellowship in the national African-American poetry organization, Cave Canem; and is a former member of the board of Fire & Ink, a national black LGBT writer’s organization. Marvin K. White recently earned a Masters of Divinity from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley. White is the editor of the forthcoming anthology from Justice Matters Press, Nothing to Lose But Our Chains: Black Voices on Activism, Resistance, and Love.
[Photo © 2011 by Duane Cramer.]
© 2004 by Marvin K. White
Cover design, cover art copyright © 2004 by mai-lei
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