This posthumous collection edited by Terrance Hayes is a stunning introduction to the undeservedly underknown Wanda Coleman, and a vibrant review for those more familiar with her work. The poems Hayes has curated showcase the range of Coleman’s singular voice and agile, robust language. These poems are vignettes, deliriums, odysseys, and letters, ranging from the beautifully fantastic and deftly sexy to the poignantly matter-of-fact, with lines and images to hold and turn over and over. A powerful and lingering poetic experience.— Jocelyn
ONE OF THE YEAR'S BEST--The New York Times and Washington PostA voice for justice, anti-racism, and equality--here is the greatest and most powerful work of the people's poet, Wanda Coleman. Coleman was a beat-up, broke, and Black woman who wrote with anger, humor, and clarity. Wicked Enchantment: Selected Poems is a selection of 130 of her poems, edited and introduced by Terrance Hayes. Rejected by the elites during her lifetime, here's what people are saying now: --One of the year's best "These poems are wildly fun and inventive . . . and frequently hilarious; they seem to cover every human experience and emotion."--New York Times --Winner, California Independent Bookseller Alliance 'Golden Poppy' Book Award 2020 --"Required Reading" Bustle --"One of the greatest poets ever to come out of L.A." The New Yorker --One of the year's best "Fantastically entertaining and deeply engaging...potent distillations of creative rage, social critique, and subversive wit."--Washington Post --"Her work pushes us to confront injustice with as much candor as she did."--Poetry A self-made writer from Black Los Angeles, Wanda Coleman made art while living every day with racism, poverty, violence. Her triumph is in words that endure. It's time for Coleman's courageous, impassioned, inspiring, one-of-a-kind voice to reach readers everywhere.