Category Archives: books


My newest collection, Buck Studies, is out now! Brer Rabbit takes the Via Dolorosa, Stagger Lee finds himself in Herakles’ Labors, artists’ journal meets violent pastoral, and more!

Absurdity marries intellect here while a frenetic melancholy embraces the ceaseless nature of historical despair. And yet, we still encounter humor, perverse and sprung from chaos.–Ruth Ellen Kocher

An upper level seminar where the Black “I” staggers, revealing absence beyond absence, the compromised subject, one injured yet never inured.–The Black Took Collective


Mess and Mess and

My “essay” collection, Mess and Mess and, is out now! It is a part of Noemi Press’s Infidel Poetics Series and features writing about the Negrotesque, Eye Weather, Grunt Syntax, and more.

Mess and Mess and is Miss Ann’s apocalypse, Amos ‘n’ Andy’s undermanumission, Douglas Kearney’s antimassapiece.—Fred Moten

Kearney creates his own methods for naming and theorizing not just creative process but the experience of art and utterance as a relationship with the various phenomena of living, dying and getting free.—Tisa Bryant

Plus, coming in April 2016, a collection of opera libretti—Someone Took They Tongues. (Subito Press).

Aaaaaand, in July 2016, a new poetry collection from Fence Books, Buck Studies.



REVIEW: “The Stutter” (Video Installation), LA Weekly

REVIEW: Buck Studies, The Fanzine
REVIEW: Buck Studies, tripwire
REVIEW: Buck Studies, BOMB Magazine

REVIEW: Buck Studies, New York Journal of Books

REVIEW: Someone Took They Tongues., decomP 

REVIEW: Mess and Mess and, Publisher’s Weekly (Starred Review) 

INTERVIEW: Solstice Magazine with Danielle Legros Georges
INTERVIEW/DISCUSSION: The People (Kearney and Tisa Bryant) with Matthew Timmons and Ben White
INTERVIEW: Poetry L.A. with Mariano Zaro
INTERVIEW: Post No Ills  with Abdul Ali
INTERVIEW: Weekend Edition (NPR) with Rachel Martin

REVIEW/INTERVIEW: Patter, Anthony Fife,  Poetry Matters
REVIEW: Patter, Amaranth Borsuk, Lana Turner
REVIEW: Patter, Scout 
REVIEW: Patter (one of Some Vital Books from 2014), Arielle Greenberg, American Poetry Review 
REVIEW: Patter, Diana Arterian, Coldfront
REVIEW: Patter, Stefanie Wortman, Monkeybicycle
REVIEW: Patter, Wesley Rothman, American Microreviews and Interviews
REVIEW: Patter, Timothy, Hazel & Wren
REVIEW: Patter, Sean Singer, The Rumpus
REVIEW: Patter, Luke Fidler, The Economy
REVIEW: Patter, Mike Sonksen, LA Letters

NEWS: Kearney and Anne LeBaron’s opera, Crescent City, received great reviews! Here’s a word or two from The LA Times

NEWS: Kearney’s second book, The Black Automaton is still moving strong. Discussed recently in the The Huffington Post, American Poetry Review and Callaloo.

NEWS: Douglas Kearney wins a Whiting Writers’ Award. Here’s a link to a feature story in the LA Times.

Below are some links to reviews of The Black Automaton.

REVIEW: Ruth Ellen Kocher/About A Word

REVIEW: Kevin Killian/

REVIEW: Evan J Peterson/The Rumpus

REVIEW: Micah Ling/Tarapaulin Sky

REVIEW: Vanessa Place/The Constant Critic

REVIEW: Ed Skoog/On the Seawall


REVIEW: Jeff Brandt/Inkfist

REVIEW: Jeffrey Cyphers Wright/The Brooklyn Rail

REVIEW:Jacquelyn Davis/Bookslut

Here’s a link to a review of Fear, Some.
REVIEW: Michael Parker/Oranges & Sardines