When Did We Stop Being Cute?

When Did We Stop Being Cute?

By Martin Wiley



A coming-of-age collection set to the music of the 1980s and 90s. This novel in poetic form tells the story of a young man dealing with the challenges of growing up mixed-race in 1980s suburbia. In this time of change, both for himself and the world around him, he seeks to "remember / just when I stopped being cute." Narrating run-ins with the police ("The minute they see me, fear me") and confrontations with himself, the speaker in this collection must learn to navigate a world that sees him as a threat. When Did We Stop Being Cute? reflects on the beauty and horrors of life in the United States, telling a personal story that shows Black lives and how they matter.

ISBN: 9781933880976


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