Inscriptions for Air is the collective name for the body of elegiac poetry I’ve been writing for the last decade, dedicated to the memory of the martyrs of the Civil Rights Movement, known and unknown. Inscriptions for Air is a book with several spines, with many bindings, which include those of Murder Ballads, A Murmuration of Starlings, and Persons Unknown, while also exceeding them. My hope is that the presence of Inscriptions within a larger body of work that asks not only questions of memory, but also questions of life, will suggest the necessary continuity and perpetuity of the work of memory. We visit memory sites, like the Civil Rights Memorial, but if memory lives only there, it isn’t memory any more. Memory lives in the breath we breathe, in the air we make together.
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Author of three books of poetry, a work of literary history, Associate Professor of English at the University of Colorado, Denver, editor of Copper Nickel, barbecue enthusiast, and occasional bowler.