Join us here at Third Place Books in Seward Park for a night of poetry with Shayla Lawson and her newest book, I Think I'm Ready to See Frank Ocean on Friday, April 19 at 7pm.
Each poem of I Think I'm Ready to See Frank Ocean riffs on a Frank Ocean song, paying homage to the man but also investigating oceans, The Ocean, and the similarity between heartbreak and break beats by blending Frank Ocean's musical catalog with personal narrative and social critique. I Think I'm Ready to See Frank Ocean builds upon historicized representations of Ocean's career in ekphrasis, carefully examining the intent of each composition as a metaphoric parallel to Black American legibility.
Shayla Lawson is the author of A Speed Education in Human Being (Sawyer House Press) and the chapbook PANTONE (Miel Books). She grew up in the bluegrass state and has always carried a fondness for oceans.