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What Noise Against the Cane by Desiree C. Bailey
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What Noise Against the Cane by Desiree C. Bailey


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The 115th volume of the Yale Series of Younger Poets,ÊWhat Noise Against the CaneÊis a lyric quest for belonging and freedom, weaving political resistance, Caribbean folklore, immigration, and the realities of Black life in America. Desiree C. Bailey begins by reworking the epic in an oceanic narrative of bondage and liberation in the midst of the Haitian Revolution. The poems move into the contemporary Black diaspora, probing the mythologies of home, belief, nation, and womanhood. Series judge Carl Phillips observes that BaileyÕs Òpoems argue for hope and faith equally. . . . These are powerful poems, indeed, and they make a persuasive argument for the transformative powers of steady defiance.Ó