"Dargan writes with the jet black ink of twentieth century Race Men; men who dressed, spoke, volunteered, reported for duty, stood unflinchingly for Black America. These men were teachers, corner preachers, goateed intellectuals, and midnight carpenters. Their hankering hearts craved to give birth to different images and words, raw and ripe with bitter but necessary truth. These men thirsted to do and say whatever the race and the country—at the time—needed. This same ravenous desire is found in Bouquet of Hungers. It is indeed Dargan's yen and sweet tooth."
—Nikky Finney, editor of The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South
"In his follow-up to his welcome debut, The Listening, Kyle G. Dargan goes even further, venturing both literally and metaphorically into the heart of America. Whether in a series of flashbacks or 'post-soul papers,' whether in a bus terminal or in taking on what's terminally wrong with society, Dargan’s work leaves us hungry for more. Urgent, musically fierce, and poetically unique, Bouquet of Hungers heralds a fresh voice in American writing, as varied and vibrant as the country Dargan inhabits, critiques, and makes his own."
From "Palinode, Once Removed": The day we pursue metaphor, I will / teach them about the brain--how there is a center / to catch discrepancy between the expected / and the perceived. Stimulate the mechanism. / you are working in metaphor. / Though surprising / I am not a metaphor. This is: I am a period, / small and dark. If you read me correctly, / you are to stop. Pause. Breathe.
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