The Malevolent Volume

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Pub Date: 04/07/2020

Pages: 104

Publisher: Coffee House Press

Imprint: Coffee House Press

ISBN 13: 9781566895767

ISBN 10: 1566895766

Price: $16.95 / $22.99 CAN

Category: POETRY / General

The Malevolent Volume

By Justin Phillip Reed

Price: $16.95



About the Book

Subverting celebrated classics of poetry and mythology and examining horrors from contemporary film and cultural fact, National Book Award winner Justin Phillip Reed engages darkness as an aesthetic to conjure the revenant animus that lurks beneath the exploited civilities of marginalized people. In these poems, Reed finds agency in the other-than-human identities assigned to those assaulted by savageries of the state. In doing so, he summons a retaliatory, counterviolent Black spirit to revolt and to inhabit the revolting.

About the Book

The Malevolent Volume explores the myths and transformations of Black being, on a continuum between the monstrous and the sublime.


Justin Phillip Reed is an American poet and essayist. He is the author of Indecency (Coffee House Press), winner of the 2018 National Book Award in Poetry and a finalist for the 2019 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. He is the 2019-2021 Fellow in Creative Writing at the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics. His work appears in African American Review, Denver Quarterly, Guernica, the New Republic, Obsidian, and elsewhere. He earned his BA in creative writing at Tusculum College and his MFA in poetry at Washington University in St. Louis. He has received fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation, the Conversation Literary Festival, la Maison Baldwin, and the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis. He was born and raised in South Carolina.