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Trouble the Water

Derrick Austin
BOA Editions Ltd.
2016

Rich in religious and artistic imagery, Trouble the Watr is an intriguing exploration of race, sexuality, and identity, particularly where self-hood is in constant flux. These intimate, sensual poems interweave pop culture and history—moving from the Bible through several artistic eras—to interrogate what it means to be, as Austin says, fully human as a queer, black body" in 21st century America.