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Dear Angel of Death

Simone White

Spring 2018
Forthcoming"I get this pinwheel relationship to wisdom & history when I read Simone White."
A meandering and dead-serious meditation challenging the centrality of Black Music to black poetry and black critical theory, Dear Angel of Death proposes disinvestment in the idea of the Music as the highest form of what blackness "is." This long essay includes many forms: philosophical divergence on the problem of folds for black life, a close reading of Nathaniel Mackey's neverending novel From a Broken Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate, and an impassioned defense-cum-dismissal of contemporary hip hop's convergence with capitalism. Excerpt ˇ


In reverse of rejection revulsion reversion restrospection redrawing review remind recognize reminisce remembrance recollection

stubbornly persistent contextual negativity beginning knowledge of consistently pleasing immemorial connection

staging or reconstructing the human qualities which, for us, form the basis of what has been considered the same as

“it is super R&B and you won’t like it because it is too slow and a tad boring.”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


[White] brings to her writing a range of legal, political, literary, lyrical, and lived knowledge, along with an incisiveness marked by candor and care.
—Maggie Nelson, Vela
I get this pinwheel relationship to wisdom & history when I read Simone White. I'm in her dream, but it's a remarkable solidly packed one informed by the quotidian rarity of for instance a prose disquisition on lotion and skin and haircare especially in winter. Like Dana Ward's, her work sends me searching… —Eileen Myles
Probing the relationship between blackness and displacement, White... concludes that the creation of a personal identity does not happen in a melting pot, but rather in a compressor. As she slips in and out of forms, dialects, and registers, White demonstrates that various cultural influences collide in a single individual, producing an ever-shifting foundation. Publishers Weekly