by Roger Bonair-Agard
Roger Bonair-Agard’s new book, Gully, journeys from the subverted sport of English gentlemen to the place where a black man might be swallowed up in the throat of trouble. These poems show us GULLY‘s trickster position, the source of song, the lurking place on the pitch that requires quick hands. Gully is metaphor for the subject position of these first-person lyrics filed with a street’s athlete’s dynamism and energy. GULLY is the site of risk and swagger that swings from cricket bats to the diamond crusted smile of Lil’ Wayne.