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The harsh realities of being migrant and immigrant, being birthright and oppressed, are as hard-pressed as the plancha move to the body. Each poem in Tapping Out is a “freestyle movement” of language and complexity put on full display, under the bright lights and roars of survival. Comer’s splendid and barbed, Detroit style of language melts the masks with searing words.
“The strength of this collection can be found in the poems in which Comer moves beyond being a spectator outside a ring; when she ‘unmasks’ her personal self the work embraces a hidden glitter . . . Reading Comer’s poetry one is forced to ponder if at times language might be viewed as a mask. What is the writer hiding from the reader? When is the mask camouflage or veil?” —E. Ethelbert Miller, author of If God Invented Baseball
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• Detroit-area readings
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