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In his much-anticipated follow-up to The Crown Ain't Worth Much, poet, essayist, biographer, and music critic Hanif Abdurraqib has written a book of poems about how one rebuilds oneself after a heartbreak, the kind that renders them a different version of themselves than the one they knew. 

It's a book about a mother's death, and admitting that Michael Jordan pushed off, about forgiveness, and how none of the author's black friends wanted to listen to "Don't Stop Believin'". It's about wrestling with histories, personal and shared. Abdurraqib uses touchstones from the world outside - from Marvin Gaye to Nikola Tesla to his neighbor's dogs - to create a mirror, inside of which every angle presents a new possibility.

©2019 Hanif Abdurraqib (P)2019 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Well Performed Passionate Verse

I stressed the performance because Hanif’s vocal quality and the feeling he communicated was very effective. For me, his mix of story and poems was hard to follow and, while there were some very good turns of phrase, I had a hard time really understanding what the poems were about. He spoke a lot about heartbreak, his Mother’s Death and his boys but I don’t think I really followed him.