Ugly Duckling Presse


Simone White

Poetry | $12 $9
Buy"indicative of the kind of innovation that disentangles “race” from tropes."

Unrest began as a spontaneous response to and prayer of thanks for David Walker's 1829 Appeal (the full title is quoted in one section of the series), an uncompromising attack on slavery and performance of black "enlightenment." The serial poem's abecedarian form is activated by thinking about what it means to be deeply engaged in writing when writing is forbidden: the subject(s) of the poems contemplate epic alliances for the black who reads and writes (Shakespeare, Henry James, the poet's sister, and, of course, Ghostface Killah of Wu-Tang Clan), and enacts, reveling in contemporary displays of opulent black speech, experiences of both joy and sorrow.

This is the second printing.Excerpt ˇ


l. run of questions 
If not in the scarf-skin, where does it “reside”? Do objects have business
ends? In our parade clothes, shall we go to business, only?
Or, doesn’t the whole thing transact? What is “repair”?
And how to account for the frission between us, which, previously, I could not imagine?
Close ˆ

About the Author

Simone White
Photo credit: Pat Cassidy Mollach
Simone White was born in 1972 in Middletown, Connecticut, and grew up in Philadelphia. After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1997, she practiced law for seven years. Simone is the author of House Envy of All of the World (Factory School, 2010), the chapbook Dolly (Q Ave Press, curated by Ross Gay, with the paintings of Kim Thomas), and her work also has appeared in The Claudius App, Aufgabe, The Recluse, Callaloo, Ploughshares, Tuesday; An Art Project, the exhibition catalog for the Studio Museum of Harlem's Flow, and Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem's First Decade. She lives in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

Advance Praise

Simone White’s Unrest is indicative of the kind of innovation that disentangles “race” from tropes.—Dawn Lundy Martin
[these poems] signify, call, and rope back Inward where one can be held so close, something intimidating... It is difficult to encounter a chapbook (repeat; chapbook) with this many layers, that is so dastardly readable yet contains and spreads such an intellectual capacity, bigger than itself.—Ken Walker