Wednesday, May 9, 2018

"Roof Nightclub" by Ishion Hutchinson

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May 9, 2018

Roof Nightclub

Ishion Hutchinson
Ishion Hutchinson reads "Roof Nightclub."

About This Poem


"Jamaican dub music creates and destroys an aesthetic of nobility. It respects no other system but the sound system. Pure intimacy is its core, though, an intimacy that turns chaos into joy: 'forget your sorrow and dance.' So, we do."
—Ishion Hutchinson


Ishion Hutchinson is the author of House of Lords and Commons (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016). He was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica, and teaches at Cornell University.

Poetry by Hutchinson


House of Lords and Commons

(Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016)

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