THE GLEAMING OF THE BLADE: POEMS
ABOUT THE BOOK
Christian J. Collier's poems of witness have the kind of keen insight that slices to the heart of the subject. THE GLEAMING OF THE BLADE examines Black masculinity in the contemporary American South, alongside the lingering ghosts of the past, and how it feels to be Black in a country whose divisions and struggles could signal the end of civilization. These poems never shy away, interrogating harsh injustices and contending with the truth of today's America, a truth sometimes beautiful, sometimes biting.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Christian J. Collier is a Black, Southern writer, arts organizer, and teaching artist who resides in Chattanooga, TN. His works have appeared or are forthcoming in Hayden's Ferry Review, The Michigan Quarterly Review, Atlanta Review, Grist Journal, and elsewhere. A 2015 Loft Spoken Word Immersion Fellow, he is also the winner of the 2020 ProForma Contest and the 2019-2020 Seven Hills Review Poetry Contest.