House Envy of All the World by Simone White
Factory School, 2010
African American Studies. Is all black desire corrupt? If American aspiration is linked to the desire to have whiteness, be male, and make money, what, now, can a decent person want? Family, death, power, Poetry and blackness—each is implicated in a general failure of perfection and subjected to furious lyric rethinking in Simone White’s work; a poetry of ideas where “the whole limbic system [becomes] an event,” “decorous” and profane, precise and bewildered.