Recenter Press Books
Richard Hamilton’s premiere collection examines the ways race, class, and gender inform daily life. As a black queer, gender non-conforming, disabled male whose spent much of his adult life as an intinerant worker in the service industry, indifferently housed, Richard is interested in intersections and shared struggle among a motley crew grappling with precarity and survival. Viewed through a historical lens, the poems reenact black liberation struggle, peopled responses to capitalist state repression, and international proletariat resistance. Poems like ‘Asylum’ provide new takes on the concept of a prison house of nations. In particular, Richard is interested in the psychological personhood of raced subjects whose lives are undermined by racist political constructions and popular myth. The book suffuses humor throughout to mine how violence begets violence in the struggle for freedom.
A Cave Canem fellow, Richard‘s work has appeared in The Ringing Ear: Lean South, Cave Canem Anthologies, CONSEQUENCE Magazine, Steel Toe Review, and The Drunken Boat. He has received fellowships from the Vermont Studio and Chautauqua Literary Arts Festival, and he holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Alabama and MA in Arts and Public Policy from New York University. He lives in Washington, D.C.