Tyrone Williams' intensely moving first
book bridges more gaps than many words (and careers) thrice as long: quiet
humor to quiet anger; weighty concerns (cybernetics, anthropology, astronomy)
to formal invention; brilliant appropriation to startling beauty; street
language to a full panoply of sophisticated theory; above all between
African American concerns and those of the plain vanilla majority. The
reference, as craft and time demand, is ever to mother language. This
uncommon rapture, a burning repetition of home truths, in resolutely future
tense, bears the profound political motto of "character as a function
of work." Character survives.
Slanging each other we drift apart. Maybe there
is a war outside. Will web sites continue to explode? The poems in C.C.
are tense, troubled, intricately terse. In this powerful collection Tyrone
Williams explores the boundaries between poetry, politics, and history.
Tyrone Williams teaches literature, literary
theory, and creative writing at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.
He had a chapbook, Convalescence (Rigdeway Press, 1987, 2nd edition
1989, 3rd edition 1994) and he has published poetry in Hambone, Callaloo,
The Denver Quarterly, River Styx, The Kenyon Review, Artful Dodge, Berkeley
Poetry Review, The Colorado Review, and other national magazines.