crop (kelsey street, 2003)
Yedda Morrison's first book, Crop, heralds a remarkable new voice for the politically engaged poetic. Under Morrison's relentless scrutiny, an entire teeming universe peopled by "cherry pickers" and others comes alive. Crop probes and reinvents the contradictory logics of capitalism, (re)production, and gender, without succumbing to polemic, "she----general defused female violence inviter---diminished double-----blue throated." Laboring against our expectations, Morrison assembles poems of richness, commitment and astonishing humor (Kelsey Street Press).
From insecticide to plastic heels, no one has explored the disturbing intimacies between persons and things that arise in a system of exploited labor with as much insight as Yedda Morrison. Addressed to a world in which everything is brutally functionalized, her poetry unflinchingly confronts the violence behind the production of the sweet. One of the most original and aesthetically powerful books I have read in years. -Sianne Ngai
In the future, historians will look back and wonder why the year 2003 marked a paradigm shift for poetry. Dozens of concurrent events aided this shift, but Yedda Morrison's first book Crop, showed us how poetry can be made interchangeable with activism. -Kevin Killian
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