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In his anticipated second poetry collection, Doppelgangbanger, Cortney Lamar Charleston examines the performance of Black masculinity in the U.S., and its relationship to family, love and community.
With the wit and musicality fitting of a 90s baby raised during the Golden age of hip-hop, Cortney Lamar Charleston grapples with the landscapes of Chicago's South Side and surrounding suburbs, and the tensions that impact a Black boy's struggle through self-destructive definitions of manhood. While the language in these poems is playful, Charleston's vulnerability invites readers to intimately witness the speaker's journey from adopted persona to an authentic self that defies traditional molds.