Winner, National Book Awards 2018 for Poetry

ISBN 9781566895149
Coffee House Press
Justin Phillip Reed

Justin Phillip Reed is an American poet living in St. Louis. His work appears in African American Review, Best American Essays, Callaloo, The Kenyon Review, Obsidian, and elsewhere. More about this author >

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Indecency is boldly and carefully executed and perfectly ragged. In these poems, Justin Phillip Reed experiments with language to explore inequity and injustice and to critique and lament the culture of white supremacy and the dominant social order. Political and personal, tender, daring, and insightful―the author unpacks his intimacies, weaponizing poetry to take on masculinity, sexuality, exploitation, and the prison industrial complex and unmask all the failures of the structures into which society sorts us.


Author of Indecency Justin Phillip Reed accepts the 2018 National Book Award for Poetry

Justin Phillip Reed, Poetry Winner, reads from Indecency at 2018 NBAwards Finalists Reading