“A recent offering replete with multidimensional analysis and poetic reflection comes from Tabias Olajuawon Wilson. In their debut work published earlier this year, Godless Circumcisions: A Recollecting and Re-membering of Blackness, Queerness, and Flows of Survivance, Wilson reckons with the particularity and echoes of personal and fantastical violence, pointing towards a speculative future without demanding that we, the reader, step in unison. An extraordinary testament to the potential inherent in honest verse, Godless Circumcisions recounts Wilson’s experience and observation of self as black, queer, and still breathing. The work critically probes cultural and political theories of the Black Queer self while attending to affect and memory, entwining poetry throughout an offering of personal narratives, essays and unguarded, bare-knuckled verse.
The work is a tour de force if not for the sheer breadth of content, then for the refusal of its sweeping verse to comfort when comfort is not on the menu for the subjects at hand. It is more than unflinching—it unsettles, it bites, it scars, it lingers, and it loves, simultaneously in a language perfected by, common and accessible to those who have perfected the art of living while Black, BlaQueer or Queer….”
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