Annotations (Paperback)

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"Genius—brilliant, polished and of considerable depth." —Ishmael Reed

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.

About the Author

John Keene is a former member of the Dark Room Writers Collective, a graduate fellow of Cave Canem, and the recipient of many awards and fellowships—including a MacArthur Genius Award, the Windham-Campbell Prize, and the Whiting Foundation Prize for fiction. Keene teaches at Rutgers.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780811213042
ISBN-10: 0811213048
Publisher: New Directions
Publication Date: October 17th, 1995
Pages: 96
Language: English
Series: New Directions Paperbook