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Throwing the Crown
Jacob Saenz
$15.00 paperback
9780983300861
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Throwing the Crown
Jacob Saenz

Winner of the prestigious Honickman First Book Award from the American Poetry Review, selected by Pulitzer Prize winner Gregory Pardlo, Throwing the Crown describes a boyhood on the edge. Set in a Chicago neighborhood dominated by gang life, Saenz sets the sweetness and vulnerability of youth against the cold reality of a gun pressed against a forehead. Full of accelerative sound―tight rhymes and short, percussive lines―these poems follow a fast-paced trajectory from danger to survival, pausing to acknowledge the beauty and humor in the details along the way.

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“His themes are easily sentimental. . . . There’s a tension in the work that I just find incredibly fresh.” ―Gregory Pardlo, judge of the 2018 APR/Honickman First Book Award

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