OPTIC SUBWOOF is a collection of talks that poet and National Book Award finalist Douglas Kearney presented for the Bagley Wright Lecture Series in 2020 and 2021. As kinetic on the page as they are in person, these lectures offer an urgent critique of the intersections between violence and entertainment, interrogating the ways in which poetry, humor, visual art, music, pop culture, and performance alternately uphold and subvert this violence. With genius precision and an avant-garde sensibility, Kearney examines the nuances around Black visibility and its aestheticization. In myriad ways, OPTIC SUBWOOF is a book that establishes Kearney as one of the most dynamic writers and thinkers of the twenty-first century.
"All the while, Kearney's language is always new, is always about possibility and expansion, and always dazzling."--Victoria Chang, LARB