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By Adrian Matejka

  • Selected for the 2008 nationwide Poetry sequence by means of Kevin Young
  • Finalist for the 2010 NAACP photo Award for striking Literature -- Poetry

The poems in Adrian Matejka's moment assortment, Mixology, shapeshift during the myriad meanings of "mixing" to discover and explode principles of race, dermis politics, appropriation, and cultural identification. no matter if the point of interest of the person poems is musical, electronic, or historic, the otherness implicit in being of multiple racial heritage publications Matejka's paintings to the inevitable end that each one things-no subject how disparate-are components of the whole.

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Van Jordan, Melanie Jordan, Allison Joseph, Douglas Kearney, Ruth Ellen Kocher, Yusef Komunyakaa, Quraysh Ali Lansana, Shara McCallum, Kevin Neireiter, Marilyn Nelson, April Ossmann, Greg Pardlo, Oliver de l. a. Paz, Hilda Raz, Cedric Ross, Matthew Shenoda, Sean Singer, Jon Tribble, Frank X. Walker, Daniel Wideman, the River Styx basketball posse, my SIUE clique, and to my kinfolk, actual and imagined. Many thank you additionally to the nationwide Poetry sequence, Paul Slovak at Penguin, and Kevin younger for choosing the booklet. man made Race (Dub variety) SEVEN DAYS OF FALLING this present day, I’m assimilating like margarine into hotcakes. I’m getting down like Danny LaRusso after the against-the-rules leg sweep. So low, I’ll be a flower in universal decency’s lapel. genuine, an analogous approach “Zanzibar” ability sea of blacks to a person who isn’t from there. the place is Juan Valdez, his burroesque dependability in the event you want him ? I had a chum who minted t-shirts with Juan entrance and middle, an afro rather than a sombrero, an influence fist rather than a grin. The inscription: a hundred % Colombian. I’m going the way in which of skin—radio waves, techniques like ear-to-ear transmissions grounded into the ozone at the manner from senseless area to forgetful Earth. guy, my epidermis doesn’t want me from now on than mildew wishes cheese. in this day of cellophane lunchboxes and hand grenades reshaping my hands into their very own militaristic orbit, there are just oceans to capture me. in this day, whatever wishes to catalogue me: a corridor video display doubled extensive via ambition, a goldfish with thumbs hitchhiking towards a fishbowl filled with dub. DOMO ARIGATO, MR. MULATTO (DUB type) pattern ONE: You’re brooding about who i'm / am-am-a-ah-we-ammmmm . . . i've got a mish-mash falsetto: energetic, robot like a biter nibbling another emcee for a rumor of validity. teenagers name it hateration, yet during this right here international of Dictaphones and stethoscopes, one brown is as undesirable because the subsequent. It doesn’t topic if the pigment is seasonal or gene pooled in a euphoria of sunlight spots. It’s the falsetto, now not the tongue clicking dis yet that means dat within the combine. It’s the falsetto— a greater thought than clarification like an umbrella made up of handkerchiefs. larger in individual than polaroids like a sponge tub of fingerprints. pattern : I’ve received a see-see-secret I’ve b-e-E-eeeeen hiding less than my sk-sk-skiwee-wee-in . . . Fingerprints in my sponge bathtub, a squabble among visual appeal and what's intended like Denzel telling Ethan, Muthafucka, anger is waking up with a nasty goatee. not less than that’s what he should still have acknowledged. I used to get mad that Denzel gained his Oscar for taking part in a roped-out G until eventually i noticed enjoying and being are either gerunds. there's a password for knowing epidermis, yet it’s extra loss of statement in your finish, homie. whilst the sunlight shines, it’s blinging outdoor. no matter if your colors are drawn, homie. pattern 3: i'm . . . I izam . . . the trendy ma-ma-ma-hn, who hides in the back of a ma-weeee-ask . . . Homie, don’t blame the Halloween mask, scuba mask, eye and mouth joints used to rob the nook marketplace for your loss of bling.

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