Combining the arch-abstraction of the Cambridge School with the alternative urbanism of grime music, Marriott's latest collection is a lyric counterpart to the soundtrack it extols: a music of absolute refusal, forged of imperial history but resistant to its orders.
In Duppies, D.S. Marriott writes a poetry of grime, the London street music, one that is "late shift, zero hour." Mixing lyric tonality with grime's aggression, grit, and speed, this is a coruscating study of the racial politics of austerity. And it is an erudite lyric, one attentive to the continuing legacies of slavery, how this history shapes and defines everything from the law to the understanding of who or what is human.
About the Author
D. S. Marriott is originally from the UK, but now lives in Oakland, California. His poetry is often associated with the Cambridge school of poetry. And as a scholar, he has been a leading theorist of afro-pessimism. Recent books of poetry include: Hoodoo Voodoo (Shearsman, 2008) and In Neuter (Equipage, 2012). Whither Fanon? Studies in the Blackness of Being, is forthcoming from Stanford University in June, 2018.