Fieldnotes on Ordinary Love

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Pub Date: 05/21/2019

Pages: 80

Publisher: Copper Canyon Press

Imprint: Copper Canyon Press

ISBN 13: 9781556595615

ISBN 10: 1556595611

Price: $16.00 / $22.95 CAN

Category: POETRY / American / African American

Fieldnotes on Ordinary Love

By Keith S. Wilson

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About the Book

Fieldnotes on Ordinary Love is a collection whose poems approach family, politics, and romance, often through the lens of space: the vagaries of a relationship full of wonder and coldness, separation and exploration. There is the sense of the speaker as a cartographer of familiar spaces, of land he has never left or relationships that have stayed with him for years, and always with the newness of an alien or stranger. Acutely attuned to the heritage of Greco-Roman myth, Wilson writes through characters such as the Basilisk and the Minotaur, emphasizing the intense loneliness these characters experience from their uniqueness. For the racially ambiguous speaker of these poems, who is both black and not black, who has lived between the American South and the Midwest, there are no easy answers. From the fields of Kentucky to the pigeon coops of Chicago, identities and locations blur—the pastoral bleeds into the Afrofuturist, black into white and back again.

About the Book

Wilson weaves an intricate critique of race, gender, and isolation into the context of epics, space dust, and intimacy.


Keith S. Wilson is a game designer, Cave Canem fellow, Affrilachian poet, and graduate from the Callalo Creative Writing Workshop.