Pages Bookshop Presents Malcolm Tariq with Tommye Blount
We are extremely excited to have poet Malcolm Tariq at Pages Bookshop for his latest book of poems "Heed the Hollow." In this book, Malcolm "charts a neglected history, reinscribing a loved and loving black body into a narrative of excavation. These poems are lyrically complex, charged, artfully and erotically made. This is a rare and exciting debut.”
Malcolm will be joined by a local poet, Tommye Blount will moderate a conversation around Malcolm's poetry. This event is free and open to the public. Malcolm's book will be for sale before and after the event.
About Heed the Hollow:
In his stunning debut, Heed the Hollow, Malcolm Tariq explores the concept of “the bottom” across blackness, sexuality, and the American South. These lyrics of queer desire meet the voices of enslaved ancestors to reckon with a lineage of trauma that manifests as silence, pain, and haunting memories, but also as want and love. In bops, lyrics, and erasures, Heed the Hollow tells of a heritage anchored to the landscape of the coastal South, to seawalls shaped by forced labor, and to the people “marked into the bottom / of history where then now / we find no shadow of life.” From that shadow, the voices in these poems make their own brightness, reclaiming their histories from a language that evolved to exclude them. Heed the Hollow exults in the spiritual and the physical, in its blackness and eroticism, and in the beauty of touch and music.
MALCOLM TARIQ is from Savannah, Georgia, and is the author of Extended Play, winner of the 2017 Gertrude Press Poetry Chapbook Contest. A graduate of Emory University, Tariq has a PhD in English from the University of Michigan. He lives in New York.
TOMMYE BLOUNT is the author of What Are We Not For (Bull City Press, 2016) and Fantasia for the Man in Blue (Four Way Books, 2020). A graduate of Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program for Writers, Tommye has been the recipient of fellowships and scholarships from Cave Canem, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Kresge Arts in Detroit Foundation. More of his work can be found in Poetry, New England Review, Ninth Letter, Ecotone, Cherry Tree, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. Born and raised in Detroit, Tommye now lives Novi.