Baldwin Notes by RA Washington

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Baldwin Notes
by RA Washington
135 pages
memoir/critical essays
Published 2019 by Outlandish Press
book includes a digital copy of the album - Issaspooks (GORK'S last recording)

From The Introduction-

THIS book had its start as a small chapbook within a chapbook called Baldwin Notes.
I forget now what the original intent was, but over the years I would add a poem or two to the pile.

That was a decade ago or so, for time is my enemy sailing a paper ship. The concept of time I am still not all too comfortable with, but there has been a remarkable resurgence of Baldwin themed work both written and filmic. Collecting itself on both sides of the divide. For as a country we do not give each other flowers when alive, we prefer to honor the dead, and try to kill the living.

Most of the work being money pushed as the “AUTHORITY” on all things Baldwin—— either glosses over or is a navel gaze toward his queer self gives me pause. There is a certain malice underneath both approaches. It also misses an opportunity to delve into the unique source of his perspective, both as an other and in his deep capacity for understanding the frailty of love. I do not think it is necessary to provide an analysis of Baldwin’s written work, or to pile on even more postmodern critical [un]theory that passes for social commentary today.RA

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