Vintage Sadness - Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib

Vintage Sadness - Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib

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I AWAKE AND REMEMBER ONLY A HARD WIND. I LOVE NOTHING THAT CAN SEE ITS OWN REFLECTION.

ISBN: 978-1-941985-08-3
56 Pages
5.8" x 8.3"
Ltd. Edition of 500
Release Date: June 13th, 2017

There is music for dancing & for grieving,  for sexting & responding to a snarky rejection letter. In his follow-up to the acclaimed The Crown Ain't Worth Much, Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib channels Ginuwine, Prince, and Carly Rae Jepsen to artfully reflect on intimacy, friendship, and becoming an adult. Vintage Sadness further cements Willis-Abdurraqib as one of the most important voices of our generation and proves that each life has its own tender soundtrack.

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Willis-Abdurraqib possesses a striking gift for merging pop culture with personal narrative.
— Publishers Weekly

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PRAISE FOR VINTAGE SADNESS

"I’ve heard Hanif say that many of these poems were inspired by songs he didn’t know were about sex: how you start with that conceit & end up with poems that move me to get up & yell is beyond me. They say some days you need the music, and other days, the lyrics. Hanif gives us both. As Richard Pryor, in incandescent & open mouthed despair, gave humans the stretch of their own possibility, so does Hanif in every poem, every book, every group chat message. Look: Hanif is a maker of worlds, of tender and urgent moments. When Hanif writes of nostalgia, I want to live forever in nostalgia. Vintage Sadness reminds that we don’t listen to songs so much as to what’s behind them, which, gasp, is always us. Hanif reaches deep into the core of a riff and reveals its red-hot interior: desire, loss, the doubled-edge of mortality, how it gives and steals away. No one sets music to music like Hanif. Blessed are we to hold in our hands, and place on our bookshelves, this collection by Hanif. Who speaks always with a wealth of patience, lyric precision, and measured sight.”

—Sean DesVignes, José Olivarez, Angel Nafis, Danez Smith, Safia Elhillo, Desiree Bailey, Cortney Lamar Charleston, and Aziza Barnes

VINTAGE SADNESS: THE PLAYLIST

Listen to some of the songs and artists referenced in the book!