Content Warning: Everything (Paperback)
The already-prolific Akwaeke Emezi, author of Freshwater, Pet, and Dear Senthuran (among other titles), has brought their powerful voice to yet another genre with their debut poetry collection Content Warning: Everything. Emezi explores the religiose and irreverent with a lushness and candor that can be found nowhere else. Though succinct, the collection’s pages are spilling over with passion, rage, and grief in their turns, as can be expected of Emezi's work. Content Warning offers not a glimpse but a dive into the deeply personal and lyrical spirituality of this singular storyteller. -AJ— From Spring Booknotes 2022
The first book of poems from an acclaimed young author, whose meteoric rise has already landed them on the cover of Time Magazine.In their bold debut poetry collection, Akwaeke Emezi--award-winning author of Freshwater, PET, The Death of Vivek Oji, and Dear Senthuran--imagines a new depth of belonging. Crafted of both divine and earthly materials, these poems travel from home to homesickness, tracing desire to surrender and abuse to survival, while mapping out a chosen family that includes the son of god, mary auntie, and magdalene with the chestnut eyes. Written from a spiritfirst perspective and celebrating the essence of self that is impossible to drown, kill, or reduce, Content Warning: Everything distills the radiant power and epic grief of a mischievous and wanting young deity, embodied.
About the Author
Akwaeke Emezi (they/them) is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Death of Vivek Oji, which was a finalist for the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the PEN/Jean Stein Award; Pet, a finalist for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, a Walter Honor Book, and a Stonewall Honor Book; Freshwater, which was named a New York Times Notable Book and shortlisted for the PEN/Hemingway Award, the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, the Lambda Literary Award, and the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize; and most recently, Dear Senthuran: A Black Spirit Memoir. Their debut poetry collection, Content Warning: Everything, their debut romance novel, You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty, and their next young adult novel, Bitter, are forthcoming in 2022. Selected as a 5 Under 35 honoree by the National Book Foundation, they are based in liminal spaces.