In every stanza of this evocative and revelatory gospel, the inimitable X teaches us “Something important about holding on, something more about letting go.” He leans hard into the fierce, achingly familiar and sometimes fractured realities of the black-lived life, and under his deft touch they unreel as stark cinema—character-driven, rich with sensory, imbibed with their own selfish music and utterly, utterly memorable.” —Patricia Smith, author of Incendiary Art, Northwestern University Press