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By Yedda Morrison
Yedda Morrison's first book, Crop, heralds a remarkable new voice for the politically engaged poetic. Under Morrison's relentless scrutiny, an entire teeming universe peopled by "cherry pickers" and others comes alive. Crop probes and reinvents the contradictory logics of capitalism, (re)production, and gender, without succumbing to polemic, "she----general defused female violence inviter---diminished double-----blue throated." Laboring against our expectations, Morrison assembles poems of richness, commitment and astonishing humor.
"From insecticide to plastic heels, no one has explored the
disturbingintimacies between persons and things that arise in a system
of exploited labor with as much insight as Yedda Morrison. Addressed to
a world in which everything is brutally functionalized, her poetry
unflinchingly confronts the violence behind the production of the
sweet. One of the most original and aesthetically powerful books I have
read in years."
"In the future, historians will look back and wonder why the
year 2003 marked a paradigm shift for poetry. Dozens of concurrent
events aided this shift, but Yedda Morrison's first book
Crop, showed us how poetry can be made interchangeable