Heed the Hollow
Heed the Hollow introduces the work of Malcolm Tariq, whose poems explore the concept of “the bottom” across blackness, sexuality, and the American South. These lyrics of queer desire meet the voices of enslaved ancestors to reckon with a lineage of trauma that manifests as silence, pain, and haunting memories, but also as want and love. In bops, lyrics, and erasures, Heed the Hollow tells of a heritage anchored to the landscape of the coastal South, to seawalls shaped by forced labor, and to the people “marked into the bottom / of history where then now / we find no shadow of life.” From that shadow, the voices in these poems make their own brightness, reclaiming their histories from a language that evolved to exclude them. With an introduction by Chris Abani, Heed the Hollow exults in the spiritual and the physical, in its blackness and eroticism, and in the beauty of touch and music.

Heed the Hollow Details

TitleHeed the Hollow
Author
ReleaseNov 5th, 2019
PublisherGraywolf Press
ISBN-139781644450093
Rating
GenrePoetry

Heed the Hollow Review

  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Phenomenal and lush, a welcomed new voice in poetry with this debut.
  • Nancy
    January 1, 1970
    Modern but steeped in history, lyrical but grounded, these poems leave no tabby shell unturned in their exploration of the South and its relationship to blackness and queerness, now and then. Let them take you out to the water's edge, and show you something. Highly recommended!
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  • Kent Winward
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 -- damn Goodreads and their all or none star policy, but I quibble. How do I as a old, straight white male review this book of poetry? By typing it out in the little box on Goodreads. The juxtaposition of black history and being a homosexual bottom was intriguing and an interesting read. My main complaint was that the "bottom" part won out over the history part more often than not. I was left feeling like the conflict between the two was still largely unexplored. The poems were about one or 3.5 -- damn Goodreads and their all or none star policy, but I quibble. How do I as a old, straight white male review this book of poetry? By typing it out in the little box on Goodreads. The juxtaposition of black history and being a homosexual bottom was intriguing and an interesting read. My main complaint was that the "bottom" part won out over the history part more often than not. I was left feeling like the conflict between the two was still largely unexplored. The poems were about one or the other, but not so much about the obvious conflicts with slavery and sexual submission, race and sexual submission, male attitudes and sexual submission, and even in how we use the flesh of other people for our own pleasure.The "Tabby" poem was superb and was the one piece where I felt like things were subtly tied together, but the poem itself while metaphorically brilliant left the sexual side more or less untouched. I guess my rating is more out of disappointment than anything else, there seemed to be so much more conflict that was left unexplored.
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