Caroline Randall Williams

Lucy Negro, Redux


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Available now: Lucy Negro, Redux: The Bard, a Book, and a Ballet by Caroline Randall Williams.

The book of poems soon to be a major ballet!

Lucy Negro, Redux: The Bard, a Book, and a Ballet features Williams' poems, a conversation between the poet and Paul Vasterling, Artistic Director of the Nashville Ballet, about their collaborative process, excerpts from the ballet's libretto, and extensive photos.

Part Savvy Lit Crit, part Blues chart, part hip revenge-femme-lyric, part imagined Interracial Romance Saga disguised as poems, In Lucy Negro, Redux:The Bard, a Book, and a Ballet, poet  Caroline Randall Williams plays the literary Race Card and cuts the whole deck, moving backwards in time in and forward in mind, archeologically offering a precise and seductive command performance of the hidden temperament of a specific and beautiful “Dark Lady”–both used and loved. Williams unearths Lucy by working her own mojo of intelligent vengeance and a dual aesthetic of inquiry and minimal, tour de force exegesis. Travel with Williams through the sublime racial moments of famous sonnets to a cultural critique of the work of Mr. Whiteness Him Bad Bard Self, William Shakespeare. Lucy as radical muse. Lucy as newly-freed verse news. Move over Othello, no more easy getting’ ovah, Lucy Negro aka Black Luce has, double-brilliantly and double inventively, fully arrived on fire! To add more heat, Williams' book has been adapted to the ballet stage by Nashville Ballet's Artistic Director, Paul Vasterling.

“While the premise of Lucy Negro, Redux might be academic, the collection couldn’t be further from the kind of antique manuscripts that may only be touched with gloves. These poems are tangible, very much of our own turbulent world. As the first poem, “BlackLucyNegro I,” explains, “she’s become an Other / way to talk about skin.” Williams pulls Lucy’s story into this world, examining both historical and contemporary problems of racism. This is a vital book, at once capable of searing insight and complex emotion. The poems speak to our time while giving voice to a ghost.” - Erica Wright,

Third Man Records