Cassandra Troyan’s Blacken Me Blacken Me, Growled explores the failures and disillusionments that arise with life experience, how the naiveté of youth and sexual becoming force one into a strict position of identity at an early stage in life. Using a poly-vocal approach that refuses to privilege one poetic style or voice, it is an inquiry into the possibility of interiority as a path toward knowledge. Troyan’s experiments with form arise from and speak directly to her experience with Midwestern youth culture, specifically the contradictions and complications of freedom, violence, drug use, wide-open spaces, post-industrial life, time, boredom, and a lack of a visible future.
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I am going to buy the fuck out of this book right now because THRONE OF BLOOD was amazing and so is Cassandra