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Ceremonies offers provocative commentary on highly charged topics such as Robert Mapplethorpe's photographs of African-American men, feminism among men, and AIDS in the black community. Ceremonies offers provocative commentary on highly charged topics such as Robert Mapplethorpe's photographs of African-American men, feminism among men, and AIDS in the black community.


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Ceremonies offers provocative commentary on highly charged topics such as Robert Mapplethorpe's photographs of African-American men, feminism among men, and AIDS in the black community. Ceremonies offers provocative commentary on highly charged topics such as Robert Mapplethorpe's photographs of African-American men, feminism among men, and AIDS in the black community.

30 review for Ceremonies: Prose and Poetry

  1. 4 out of 5

    Raul Bimenyimana

    It is a pity that I had to return this borrowed book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    I recently found out about Essex Hemphill while I was frontlisting up-coming titles. In case you also didn't know, he was a black, gay poet and activist in the 80s and 90s who died from AIDS in the mid 90s. I found out that one of his most well known works was Ceremonies and of course, it's out of print. But my library has it WHAT UP. It definitely took me forever to read this book because I have book ADD and because of all the essays dispersed through out the collection. I enjoyed most of the e I recently found out about Essex Hemphill while I was frontlisting up-coming titles. In case you also didn't know, he was a black, gay poet and activist in the 80s and 90s who died from AIDS in the mid 90s. I found out that one of his most well known works was Ceremonies and of course, it's out of print. But my library has it WHAT UP. It definitely took me forever to read this book because I have book ADD and because of all the essays dispersed through out the collection. I enjoyed most of the essays, but some were harder to slog through. But really, it made it a more interesting way to read the poetry because I'd read all these poems about crazy powerful shit like being black and gay in the U.S. in the 80s and 90s, plus other heavy subjects such as the black nurse who worked with the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment (go ahead, look it up) and a woman who chopped up her son to save him from demons. Hemphill's poetry is full of the raw imagery of sexual acts and violence, yet he always seems to add beauty or a sense of urgency. I don't know what I'm saying. All I'm saying is there were so many poems that I just had to look up from my book and nod and think, "well, fuck." Ya know? Anyway. So many intersections in Hemphill's work — race & sexuality, obviously, but also gender and class. Not to mention the violence against and within the black community and the violence against and AIDS epidemic within the queer community. He really hits on so many important issues. I really wish this book weren't out of print because it should be taught in queer studies classes and a new biography of Hemphill (Hold Tight Gently) just came out a few years ago. So much of his work is still relevant and fucking important today. We're still dealing with most of these issues 20 years later.

  3. 4 out of 5

    James Resendes

    THIS IS THE KIND OF THING WE ALL NEED TO BE READING. It's like a wound that Essex refuses to let our society scab over, every word a scratch, forcing us to bleed anew and concede to the oppressive structures that pump it through our veins. Vital work, wish I didn't have to return it. ~~~ "I am looking for Giovanni's room in this bathhouse. I know he's here." THIS IS THE KIND OF THING WE ALL NEED TO BE READING. It's like a wound that Essex refuses to let our society scab over, every word a scratch, forcing us to bleed anew and concede to the oppressive structures that pump it through our veins. Vital work, wish I didn't have to return it. ~~~ "I am looking for Giovanni's room in this bathhouse. I know he's here."

  4. 4 out of 5

    Paloma Etienne

    Certain, special, lucid To Essex Hemphill I am reading you and I am wondering What the verse does and when and how You don't betray me with your words They are piercing And just a little uncomfortable (It's your non pacified rage that surmounts everything) You wear the essence of frustration up your sleeve It reminds me so much of James Baldwin That ambition to reach over and win. You win and take home trophies and amorphous, gigantic bunches of gift flowers And overwhelmed by emotion, by other people's s Certain, special, lucid To Essex Hemphill I am reading you and I am wondering What the verse does and when and how You don't betray me with your words They are piercing And just a little uncomfortable (It's your non pacified rage that surmounts everything) You wear the essence of frustration up your sleeve It reminds me so much of James Baldwin That ambition to reach over and win. You win and take home trophies and amorphous, gigantic bunches of gift flowers And overwhelmed by emotion, by other people's searches and falls, you collapse and rest by the side of the bed which always awaits in return The ambition for success, that which burns our insides The quiet success that pacifies our spirits that drives the mileage of cacophonies away that works the soil and breaks away starchy weeds and allows new seeds to grow in the ploughed and rendering soil ...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

    These are the poems I love for- pointed, private, piercing. This collection captures a rare and raw voice.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cole McCarthy

    stunning, some of the best poems I've ever read, queer content that is perfect and raw and rare. so many feels, also very insightful. would recommend. hopefully one day I'll find a copy to keep. stunning, some of the best poems I've ever read, queer content that is perfect and raw and rare. so many feels, also very insightful. would recommend. hopefully one day I'll find a copy to keep.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Marcelle

    Really powerful poetry and short essays by a black, gay author who died of AIDS in the 90's. Confronts issues of race, sexuality, love, lust, public policy, discrimination activism, and oodles more. A particularly touching story about him coming out to his grandmother is included. His work addresses the works of others, including a (rightfully) critical essay about Mapplethorpe's jungle fever. Really powerful poetry and short essays by a black, gay author who died of AIDS in the 90's. Confronts issues of race, sexuality, love, lust, public policy, discrimination activism, and oodles more. A particularly touching story about him coming out to his grandmother is included. His work addresses the works of others, including a (rightfully) critical essay about Mapplethorpe's jungle fever.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nina

    Yes, read this.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Juliana

    Fearless.

  10. 5 out of 5

    maria

    "You left me begging for things most men thought they had below their belts. I was reaching higher. I could throw my legs up like satellites, but I knew I was fucking fallen angels. I made them feel like demigods. I believed my mission to be a war zone duty: don't create casualties, heal them. But I was the wounded, the almost dead, helping the uninjured. Men whose lusty hearts weakened in the middle of the night, and brought them to tears, to their knees for their former lovers. They could look at me and tell they "You left me begging for things most men thought they had below their belts. I was reaching higher. I could throw my legs up like satellites, but I knew I was fucking fallen angels. I made them feel like demigods. I believed my mission to be a war zone duty: don't create casualties, heal them. But I was the wounded, the almost dead, helping the uninjured. Men whose lusty hearts weakened in the middle of the night, and brought them to tears, to their knees for their former lovers. They could look at me and tell they did not want to endure what beauty love scars give me. So touch me now -- Hannibal, Toussaint. I am a revolution without bloodshed. I change the order of things to suit my desperations. You can raise your legs, almost touch heaven. I can be an angel, falling." -The Edge, part III

  11. 5 out of 5

    Charles

    Just finished Ceremonies by Essex Hemphill and already feel like I need to read it again. So grateful to the San Francisco Public Library for keeping this book in circulation. It is out of print and copies on the internet are going for upwards of $200. Hemphill writes unabashedly about Black queer experience. He takes on Mapplethorpe’s objectification of the Black make body. He writes about the ball culture, his experiences of his his sexual awakening with an older white grocery clerk, and the s Just finished Ceremonies by Essex Hemphill and already feel like I need to read it again. So grateful to the San Francisco Public Library for keeping this book in circulation. It is out of print and copies on the internet are going for upwards of $200. Hemphill writes unabashedly about Black queer experience. He takes on Mapplethorpe’s objectification of the Black make body. He writes about the ball culture, his experiences of his his sexual awakening with an older white grocery clerk, and the spectre of AIDS with frankness, immediacy, anger, and tenderness that refuse summary. Read this book while you still can.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mark O. Estes

    Essex Hemphill’s Ceremonies is an experience every black gay male from various walks of life and ages should endure. The prose and poetry between this under 200 pager is concrete evidence that what black gay men and black people in general are currently experiencing in 2018 is nothing new. In fact, it’s quite sad that the trails blazed by Hemphill, Joseph Beam, Assotto Saint, Marlon Riggs, and others ‘grew cold’ in recent years in some areas, but that we’re still facing resistance to the revolut Essex Hemphill’s Ceremonies is an experience every black gay male from various walks of life and ages should endure. The prose and poetry between this under 200 pager is concrete evidence that what black gay men and black people in general are currently experiencing in 2018 is nothing new. In fact, it’s quite sad that the trails blazed by Hemphill, Joseph Beam, Assotto Saint, Marlon Riggs, and others ‘grew cold’ in recent years in some areas, but that we’re still facing resistance to the revolutionary act of black men loving black men as well. Hemphill is/was a godsend and Ceremonies has truly changed my life for the better.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nom Chompsky

    Really incredible collection of personal essays and poetry, possibly the most accessible idiosyncratic queer literature I’ve ever read. Cherished this read, and was sad to finish it. Essential reading!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Joshie

    Poetry and prose in perfection

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    We were promised this would be a nigga fantasy on the scale of Oz.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Since I'm reading this as part of my New Year's Resolution to by-God read more books that are explicitly about race, I am specially noticing the parts I don't understand here. This is opaque to me; Hemphill's experience is so foreign that I am struggling to understand the emotional landscape here. Which is my flaw and not Hemphill's. That said, I can judge the introduction: it's not very good. It's rambling, unorganized, and too long; it didn't add anything to my experience of reading the actual Since I'm reading this as part of my New Year's Resolution to by-God read more books that are explicitly about race, I am specially noticing the parts I don't understand here. This is opaque to me; Hemphill's experience is so foreign that I am struggling to understand the emotional landscape here. Which is my flaw and not Hemphill's. That said, I can judge the introduction: it's not very good. It's rambling, unorganized, and too long; it didn't add anything to my experience of reading the actual text, I think. The combination of prose and poetry in the same volume was a struggle for me, although Hemphill can certainly write both. I liked the essays better than the poetry, by and large, but that is probably because I couldn't enter into the poems with the confidence I could the essays. "Voices" is a fabulous piece, the essay criticizing Mapplethorpe rocks, and "Ceremonies" is chilling in its description of the sexual culture in which Hemphill came to adulthood.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Gloria

    Essential queer testimony - many of the poems are fairly straightforwardly confessional and didn't grab me much, but the essays, short prose and longer poems are rich and often so painful. I love Hemphill's hard-won shamelessness. Essential queer testimony - many of the poems are fairly straightforwardly confessional and didn't grab me much, but the essays, short prose and longer poems are rich and often so painful. I love Hemphill's hard-won shamelessness.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Remy

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  19. 4 out of 5

    dom

    some hot-blooded, self-assured and raw pieces that touch on masculinity, HIV, fetishisation of black bodies, police violence, coming of age sexually. sadly little known today. check out hemphill performing here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yS4DB... some hot-blooded, self-assured and raw pieces that touch on masculinity, HIV, fetishisation of black bodies, police violence, coming of age sexually. sadly little known today. check out hemphill performing here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yS4DB...

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    Unconscionable that this is out of print. These poems are landmarks.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    Was just recommending this to someone last week. Excellent, insightful, thought-provoking collection.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Timothy

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kwan Booth

  24. 4 out of 5

    Linda

  25. 5 out of 5

    Marian Urquilla

  26. 5 out of 5

    Bob

  27. 5 out of 5

    Eli Winter

  28. 4 out of 5

    Stewart

  29. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Howdle

  30. 4 out of 5

    Whit

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