Billy-ray Bel­court

“The Ter­ri­ble Beauty of the Re­serve,”


“Saidiya Hart­man, a scholar of African Amer­i­can lit­er­a­ture and his­tory, writes that those who en­counter the slum find only sor­row, gloom, and de­cay, but those who are of the slum ex­pe­ri­ence joy, love, and care. She elu­ci­dated a writ­ing prac­tice that al­lows us to dis­cern care where many wouldn’t see it. I wanted to ap­ply that op­tic to the re­serve.” Billy-ray Bel­court’s de­but col­lec­tion of po­ems, This Wound is a World, was pub­lished last Septem­ber.

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