White Blood: A Lyric of Virginia

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, 2020, poetry-short-stories-essays, 2020, Poetry

In her fourth full-length book, White Blood: A Lyric of Virginia, Kiki Petrosino turns her gaze to Virginia, where she digs into her genealogical and intellectual roots, while contemplating the knotty legacies of slavery and discrimination in the Upper South. From a stunning double crown sonnet, to erasure poetry contained within DNA testing results, the poems in this collection are as wide-ranging in form as they are bountiful in wordplay and truth. In her poem 'The Shop at Monticello,' she writes: 'I’m a black body in this Commonwealth, which turned black bodies/ into money. Now, I have money to spend on little trinkets to remind me/ of this fact. I’m a money machine & my body constitutes the common wealth.' Speaking to history, loss, and injustice with wisdom, innovation, and a scientific determination to find the poetic truth, White Blood plants Petrosino’s name ever more firmly in the contemporary canon.

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  • Kathleen

    From "Heritage Tourism in Central Virginia"Your waiter hands you a single oyster fork, which you’re at liberty to advance through your skull at any time. No one here shall say a word....

  • James

    A powerful collection as the poet looks at history and her genealogy in Virginia, its history of slavery and discrimination. The image of Thomas Jefferson and his troubled relationship to slavery as t...

  • Lauren

    Though I had some trouble comprehending what the meanings behind some of the more sparse poems were, the notes in the back of the book really helped. I think I might have to reread these poems now tha...

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  • Luke Gorham

    One killer section that is really maximizing the powers of its content. 4 or 5 others that aren't. ...

  • Burgi Zenhaeusern

    This collection deals in enormities. How it does that while also conveying their extent is incredible. I'm very grateful to Kiki Petrosino for her awesome work....