Letter Machine Editions, 2016
The third and final volume of Fred Moten's poetic trilogy (including The Feel Trio and The Little Edges), The Service Porch is an expansive meditation on black life, love, violence, and the adventure of making art. National Book Award-Finalist, Moten returns here to reinvent some of his earliest poetic visions and strikes up a conversation with many of the most brilliant African American visual artists through a series of epistolary and ekphrastic poems. By turns mournful, tender, ferocious, and heart-breakingly honest, The Service Porch is an open letter, a play list, and a hive of prayer and joy.
Fred Moten works at the intersection of black studies, performance studies, poetry, and critical theory. He is the author of Arkansas (Pressed Wafer Press, 2000), In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition (University of Minnesota Press, 2003), I ran from it but was still in it. (Cusp Press, 2007), Hughson’s Tavern (Leon Works, 2008), B Jenkins (Duke University Press, 2010), The Feel Trio (Letter Machine 2014), The Little Edges (Wesleyan University Press 2015), with Stefano Harney, The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Study (Autonomedia, 2013), and The Service Porch (Letter Machine Editions 2016).