Mixology (Paperback)

By Adrian Matejka

Penguin Books, 9780143115830, 80pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2009

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Description

Selected for the 2008 National Poetry Series by Kevin Young

The poems in Adrian Matejka's second collection, Mixology, shapeshift through the myriad meanings of "mixing" to explore and explode ideas of race, skin politics, appropriation, and cultural identity. Whether the focus of the individual poems is musical, digital, or historical, the otherness implicit in being of more than one racial background guides Matejka's work to the inevitable conclusion that all things-no matter how disparate-are parts of the whole.


About the Author

Adrian Matejka is the author of three collections of poetry: The Devil's Garden (2002), Mixology (2009), which was a winner of the National Poetry Series competition, and The Big Smoke (2013), which won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Matejka is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, and United States Artists. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana with his wife and daughter.


Praise For Mixology

" Adrian Matejka provides a profound and powerful cocktail of personal history, hip hop elegy, and inventive language, measuring a clash of emotions and cultures with fat bass lines and sharp wit. A post-soul tour de force that places pop culture in a blender."
-Kevin Young, 2008 National Poetry Series judge

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