Asim, Jabari “How a young writer emerged from a troubled past to a Pulitzer” The Washington Post, April 17, 2018.
Here it would probably be helpful to mention that the author is now a celebrated poet, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his work in 2015. That fact might explain the frequent emergence of a phrase or metaphor that sparkles with lyricism and imaginative muscle. “I heard the sliding glass door open like the lid on a can of baked beans,” for instance, or “I stared up at clouds bright as teeth in a black light nightclub.”
Pardlo, Gregory. “Gregory Pardlo Reads ‘The Wedding Planners’” Poetry Foundation, February 20, 2017
We need a preacher who’ll say up in here instead of herein.
Our vows should reference calla lilies and the snowy pistils they
jab ardently at our faces. Let’s place their linty, foul-mouthed kiss
at the center of satin table cloths white as bee boxes and
us buzzing like the ichthyic insects we’ll invent: “coddle-
fish” finning the air, murmuring for words beyond civil and
ceremony, beyond moderation, all our senses under assault.
Martin, Kristen “Gregory Pardlo on Form, His Father, and Not Writing a Book About Race” Lit Hub, April 9, 2018.
Pardlo had sought out the nonfiction MFA program at Columbia not for another degree—he told me that to him, it was a “piece of paper” that comes along with the work—but for the opportunity to work on a book about his father’s legacy of manhood and his own struggle to escape it. That book would become Air Traffic: A Memoir of Ambition and Manhood in America
“To Walk a Furlong” Original Essay.
My little sublet in the East Village, with the window on the air shaft and its routine accoutrements — 40-ounce beers from the bodega, a tartan sandbag ashtray, and the pigeons on the AC unit, their racket sounding like a cash-counting machine — no longer seemed worthy of my presence when I got home from Cave Canem. I felt like I’d been sanctified by my travails in Detroit. I was too good for my old haunts, too, and reached out to Don, thinking he symbolized all that I aspired to.