Chris Abani’s acclaimed Black Goat series presents the debut collection from one of America’s most promising young poets.
What people are saying…
“Khadijah Queen’s Conduit is lyrically addictive and singularly mesmerizing, the perfect illustration of what can happen when a deft arbiter of language sets her sights inward where heat resides. Pages of lean miracles rattle perception and leave the reader leaning forward, craving Queen’s signature brand of electricity. Prepare to be jolted.”
—Patricia Smith, author of Teahouse of the Almighty
“Conduit is a challenging book because she gives you so much to ponder in so little time. I found myself turning back to poems, needing to reread a line or two, surprised and amazed at how fresh and engaging imagery can be in the hands of poet with stunning intellectual powers.”
—Eloise Klein Healy, author of The Islands Project: Poems for Sappho
“Hers is a voice that breaks through the cracks of the heart.”
—Felix Cheong, winner of Singapore’s Young Literary Artist of the Year Award
Black Goat is an independent poetry imprint of Akashic Books created and curated by award-winning Nigerian author Chris Abani (author of Becoming Abigail and Song for Night). Black Goat is committed to publishing well-crafted poetry, and will also focus on experimental or thematically challenging work. The series aims to create a proportional representation of female, African, and other non-American poets.
Conduit is infused with the cacophony of everyday existence and the neon dance of dreams. This intricate debut by Khadijah Queen channels the unbroken murmurs between body and spirit, methodically traversing an uncertain reality on a path that moves beyond the edges of words.
In deference to Plato, Cratylus, and Central American rituals, Conduit exposes a tender core, fearlessly pulling away the roughened muslin of our shared human skin.