Wicked Enchantment: Selected Poems by Wanda Coleman


The time has never been better for this re-introduction of Wanda Coleman’s work to a new audience of readers.

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ONE OF THE YEAR’S BEST—The New York Times and Washington Post

A voice for justice, anti-racism, and equality—here is the greatest and most powerful work of the people’s poet, Wanda Coleman.

Coleman was a beat-up, broke, and Black woman who wrote with anger, humor, and clarity. Wicked Enchantment: Selected Poems is a selection of 130 of her poems, edited and introduced by Terrance Hayes. Rejected by the elites during her lifetime, here’s what people are saying now:

One of the year’s best! “These poems are wildly fun and inventive . . . and frequently hilarious; they seem to cover every human experience and emotion.”—New York Times

—Winner, California Independent Bookseller Alliance ‘Golden Poppy’ Book Award 2020

—“Required Reading” Bustle

—“One of the greatest poets ever to come out of L.A.” The New Yorker

—One of the year’s best! “Fantastically entertaining and deeply engaging…potent distillations of creative rage, social critique, and subversive wit.”—Washington Post

—“Her work pushes us to confront injustice with as much candor as she did.”—Poetry

Wicked Enchantment: Selected Poems by Wanda Coleman
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