The Gilded Auction Block
An incisive new collection of poetry on political and contemporary themesI'm made of murderers I'm madeOf nobodies and immigrants and the poor and a whole / Family the mother'sliver and her lungsIn The Gilded Auction Block, the acclaimed poet Shane McCrae considers the present moment in America on its own terms as well as for what it says about the American project and Americans themselves. In the book's four sections, McCrae alternately responds directly to Donald Trump and contextualizes him historically and personally, exploding the illusions of freedom of both black and white Americans. A moving, incisive, and frightening exploration of both the legacy and the current state of white supremacy in this country, The Gilded Auction Block is a book about the present that reaches into the past and stretches toward the future.

The Gilded Auction Block Details

TitleThe Gilded Auction Block
Author
ReleaseFeb 12th, 2019
PublisherFarrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN-139780374162252
Rating
GenrePoetry, Literary Fiction

The Gilded Auction Block Review

  • Carl Waluconis
    January 1, 1970
    Has anything so many twists, turns, and lacerations as the history of "race" in America? In his latest collection of poems,Shane McCrae continues to explore current life in America. Raised by a white, racist Grandmother, he sits in the middle of the divide:As I had thought you loved me grand-mother for what love ever have I fought so fiercely. as I fought To keep the harm you did to meMcCrae breaks through the standard uses of syntax to ratchet out meaning in a new way - to explore issues in ne Has anything so many twists, turns, and lacerations as the history of "race" in America? In his latest collection of poems,Shane McCrae continues to explore current life in America. Raised by a white, racist Grandmother, he sits in the middle of the divide:As I had thought you loved me grand-mother for what love ever have I fought so fiercely. as I fought To keep the harm you did to meMcCrae breaks through the standard uses of syntax to ratchet out meaning in a new way - to explore issues in new ways. He includes references to TS Eliot and Paul Dunbar, locating his poems in the history of poetry and Humanities. In "The Role of the Negro in the Work of Art", he addresses the dilemma he faces when doing this: Bright light preserver and destroyer whenI am seen how will I survive being seenThe book concludes with a long 4-part poem that awaits serious, large interpretations. The title of the last part is a kind of theme - "The Monster That Is America Dreams of America".
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  • Mark Ballinger
    January 1, 1970
    This set starts with some reactions to current events, but then turns powerfully away. Enjoyable read!Notable: "We'll Go No More a Roving", with a modified setting of American slavery."Seawhere", examining race, skin tone, assumptions and aggressions"The Hell Poem": all parts of it were really great, powerful. I tagged "I didn't call your name I just Said it out loud I just it had Become my name the moment you Knelt I just" (but now I don't remember why!); and part 3: "A Face"
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  • Maxwell Holland
    January 1, 1970
    I rewrote my review three times in attempts to not give spoilers. All I can say is read this fantastic, dark, surreal collage that illustrates the biting truths about American culture and the afterlife.
  • Scott Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    I had this on my library list after reading this review: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/20...Did not disappoint. This book is fire and brimstone to the moment.
  • Jacob
    January 1, 1970
    Petition for a spin-off book starring the robot bird from “The Hell Poem”
  • B. Mason
    January 1, 1970
    The Gilded Auction Block crackles. McCrae plays with syntax in many of these poems, repetition and rearranging, to the extent that understanding is destabilized and there's a profoundly confrontational quality to the poems, particularly to those who would doubt the validity of the experience of an African American man.
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