Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. He is the author of The Crown Ain't Worth Much(Button Poetry/Exploding Pinecone Press, 2016), nominated for a Hurston-Wright Legacy Awardand They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us(Two Dollar Radio, 2017), named a best book of 2017 by NPR, Pitchfork, Oprah Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Slate, Esquire, GQ, and Publisher's Weekly, among others. He is a Callaloo Creative Writing Fellow, a poetry editor at Muzzle Magazine, and a member of the poetry collective Echo Hotel with poet/essayist Eve Ewing. His most recent book is Go Ahead In The Rain: Notes to a Tribe Called Quest(University of Texas Press), the new collection of poems A Fortune For Your Disaster(Tin House, 2019) and a history of Black performance in the United States titled They Don't Dance No Mo' (Random House, 2020). Photograph by Kate Sweeney
Excerpt from Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to a Tribe Called Quest
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