Buck Studies
Buck Studies
Douglas Kearney

Dynamic poet, performer, librettist, and professor Douglas Kearney's works speak to those who are listening to what our living, material language has to say about race and history. At the hub of Buck Studies is a long mash-up of the stories of Herakles, the Greek bad-man, and that of Stagger Lee, the black bad-man. "Stagger Put Work In" examines the Twelve Labors Herakles performed to atone for murdering his family through Stagger Lee's murder of black man Billy Lyons. What is enacted by this appropriation is an exhaustion of forms—gangsta rap and its antecedent, the murder ballad.

only good one dead one we scold our mirror. should've been dead
before Stagger wrassled it bull-headed red-blind muscle-a-muscle.
bully and bull stagger the city levee round round round.

Title Buck Studies
Subtitle Poems
Author Douglas Kearney
Publisher Fence Books
Title First Published 11 October 2016
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 88 p.
ISBN-10 0986437379
ISBN-13 9780986437373
Publication Date 11 October 2016
Main content page count 88
Weight 16 oz.

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