i be, but i ain’t by Aziza Barnes


Aziza Barnes is blk & alive. Aziza’s first collection, i be but i ain’t, was the 2015 winner of the Pament River Prize from YesYes Books. Barnes’ play, BLKS, was produced in Chicago at the Steppenwolf Theater in 2017, and is to be produced at Wooly Mammoth Theater in DC and MCC Theater in New York in 2019. Barnes’ is a cohost of the podcast, The Poetry Gods and is a Cave Canem fellow.

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In these poems, Barnes sings with a vernacular music. But anyone can glean that from a shallow read. Here, poetry isn’t high-brow, formal speech, but a mirror to everyday genius — with all that conversational spark, pop, and sizzle. (The group chat roasting, too.) There’s blackness and realness, the merits of abstract images versus direct political action, shitty Brooklyn apartments, and highrise cocktails. Too, this is an observer’s book. One for the person on the edge of every friend group, who absolutely belongs but maybe doesn’t always feel it, who floats in the in-between, who maybe prefers their own company and art, who thinks about self-versus-other frequently. If “watching couples take selfies makes me anxious,” then yeah, Barnes sees you. – Mason

i be, but i ain’t by Aziza Barnes