Build Yourself a Boat

Build Yourself a Boat

by Camonghne Felix


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“With Build Yourself a Boat , Camonghne Felix heralds a thrillingly new form of storytelling.”
—Morgan Parker, author of Magical Negro

Longlisted for the 2019 National Book Award for Poetry

This is about what grows through the wreckage. This is an anthem of survival and a look at what might come after. A view of what floats and what, ultimately, sustains.

Build Yourself a Boat redefines the language of collective and individual trauma through lyric and memory.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608466160
Publisher: Haymarket Books
Publication date: 06/25/2019
Pages: 72
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Camonghne Felix, M.A. is a poet, political strategist, media junkie and cultural worker. She received an M.A. in Arts Politics from NYU, an MFA from Bard College, and has received Fellowships from Cave Canem, Callaloo and Poets House. The 2012 Pushcart Prize nominee is the author of the chapbook Yolk, and was recently listed by Black Youth Project as a "Black Girl From the Future You Should Know." Her first full-length collection of poems, Build Yourself a Boat , was a 2017 University of Wisconsin Press Brittingham & Pollak Prize finalist, and a 2017 Fordham University Poets Out Loud semi-finalist.

Table of Contents

Lost Poem 4: Rx 1

Contouring the Flattening 2

Cutting w/JB 4

Imagine??? My Sister an Astronaut??? 5

Google Search Keywords: 8

Things the Block Taught Me 10

White House 11

Statement from Camonghne Felix on the Murders of Jesse Washington, Stephon Clark and her Attempt to Understand the Psychology of Lynching: 13

Thank God I Can't Drive 14

Zimmerman Testimonies: Day 1 15

Zimmerman Testimonies: Day 2 16

Cutting w/JB 17

Google Search Keywords: 18

Cutting w/JB 20

Trap Queen 21

On Entropy 24

Statement on Being Lonely vs. Alone 25

Lost Poem #5: I Won't Even Ask Why 26

Or, It's All in My Head 27

Google Search Keywords: 28

Lesson, Unmitigated 29

No Relief 30

Disclaimer 31

Mirror Talk 32

Police 33

Grocery 34

Sleeping on Adderall 36

Zimmerman Testimonies: Day 4 37

Tonya Harding's Fur Coats 38

No Shade, Though 42

"But in what way does the blending of two slightly different cells bring about such a renewal of life?"-Freud 43

Cutting w/JB 44

After the Abortion, an Older White Planned Parenthood Volunteer Asks If My Husband Is Here & Squeezes My Thigh and Says, "You Made The Right Decision," and Then "Look What Could Happen If Trump Were President, I Mean, You Might Not Even Be Here." 45

Beer Pony 48

Zimmerman Testimonies: Day 5 49

When I Say the Hood Made Me, I Mean: 51

Willing in the Orisha 52

"But there were times when you offered your consent with older men. You chose them & you were not afraid. Why not?"-Freud 54

Yes, It Is Possible 55

Acknowledgments 59

About Haymarket Books 64

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