Excerpts from Over Deluxe AF (published originally in Interjection Calendar by Montez Press, 2018) and audio of Under Over Deluxe AF (first aired on MPR, Montez Press Radio). See also “What’s Under What’s Over It” by Douglas Kearney in Obsidian 46.1.
Under Over Deluxe AF
Under Over Deluxe AF (first aired on MPR, Montez Press Radio)
“Over and Over”
“I Imagine I Been Science Fiction Always 1.0”
“What Had Happened Was”
“Black Train A-Comin”
“I Imagine I Been Science Fiction Always 2.0”
“Afrofuturism (A Version)”
“Climbing the Stairway to Hebbin”
“Fly” (feat. Alehsea Harris and an archival interview of Toni Morrison)
“I Imagine I Been Science Fiction Always 3.0”
“Now, if you look at pages from Over Deluxe AF, I need you to understand that both the left and right are poems. Matter of fact, they may even be poem. They are in dialogue, but neither captions the other. Neither translates. The verso is no more picture than the recto. Still, the recto seems to indicate a reading strategy more familiar to most readers. Yet, I do not want to read these aloud in part for the same reason why sampling a bassline is not the same thing as replaying a bassline. I am not interested in attempting to reproduce the visual textures of either side with a sonic equivalent, especially in a live context. I don’t want the reader to think of my throat when they see a letter.”
—Douglas Kearney, “What’s Under What’s Over It,” Obsidian 46.1
Douglas Kearney has published six books, including the award-winning poetry collection Buck Studies (Fence Books, 2016); libretti, Someone Took They Tongues. (Subito, 2016); and criticism, Mess and Mess and (Noemi Press, 2015). A Whiting Writer’s and Foundation for Contemporary Arts Cy Twombly awardee with residencies/fellowships from Cave Canem, The Rauschenberg Foundation, and others, Kearney teaches creative writing at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities.