Annotations (New Directions Paperbook #809) (Paperback)
New Directions Publishing Corporation, 9780811213042, 96pp.
Publication Date: October 17, 1995
List Price: 12.95*
* Individual store prices may vary.
An experimental first novel of poem-like compression, Annotations has a great deal to say about growing up Black in St. Louis. Reminiscent of Jean Toomer's Cane, the book is in part a meditation on African-American autobiography. Keene explores questions of identity from many angles - from race to social class to sexuality (gay and straight). Employing all manner of textual play and rhythmic and rhetorical maneuvers, he (re)creates his life story as a jazz fugue-in-words.