by Bernard Clay
Ohio University Press, 2021
Paper: 978-1-7352242-7-5 | eISBN: 978-1-7352242-6-8
Library of Congress Classification PS3603.L3863
Dewey Decimal Classification 811.6


Autobiographical poetry from one of Kentucky’s rising Affrilachian literary stars.

Bernard Clay’s autobiographical poetry debut, English Lit, juxtaposes the roots of Black male identity against an urban and rural Kentucky landscape. Hailed as one of the most authentic voices of his generation, Clay artfully renders coming-of-age in the predominately Black West End of Louisville, Kentucky. Balancing the spirited grit of a farmer and the careful lyricism of a poet, English Lit is a triumph of new Affrilachian—African American and Appalachian—literature.

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