Poetry, paperback, 128 pages, from YesYes Books.
"American Barricade explores the songs of personal and national histories forced to sing the tunes of economic and ancestral oppression. As though leafing through the pages of a fragmented American family album, Schoonebeek alternates between the voices of son and prophet, king and peasant, husband and enemy. These poems leap boundaries of generation, class, and race, and foretell the imminent collapse of American power structures and remind us that restoring them is only possible through love and human connection.
With its limitless invention, emotional force, and profound social relevance, American Barricade is a groundbreaking first book and stands to influence the aesthetic disposition of its author’s generation."
"A bold, ambitious, unforgettable debut from one of our most exciting young poets."
Danniel Schoonebeek is the author of American Barricade (YesYes Books, 2014) and the forthcoming collection of poems Trébuchet (University of Georgia, 2016), a 2015 National Poetry Series selection. In 2015, he was awarded a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, and recent work appears in The New Yorker, Poetry, American Poetry Review, and The Baffler.