The title of this new volume of poetry by upfromsumdirt packs a lot of meaning and intention into a mere three words. It is dedicated to Emmett Till, and more recent Black victims of violence, and is entirely an urgent demand for social justice. But don’t be fooled by the play on words, for upfromsumdirt isn’t playing around here. This isn’t a poet merely having fun with language (well, there are points where he clearly is enjoying himself), but rather a reclaiming and reinvention of language in order to engage it in the serious work at hand.
Meet the Author
upfromsumdirt is a poet and visual artist residing in Lexington, KY and is the author of two full collections of poetry, Deifying A Total Darkness (Harry Tankoos Books, 2020) and To Emit Teal (Broadstone Books, 2020). Originally from Louisville, he is a 2010 Al Smith Kentucky Art Award winner and co-founder of the original Wild Fig Books and Coffee in Lexington.