“Malik Crumpler’s Amber Hymns is a difficult collection to describe: sprawling through an urban chaos in which music and language combine, it is a bold attempt to codify a human experience where reality and spirituality exist both within and outside the mind. The work flows through many states, with Crumpler informing us that ‘Fire informs the chaos | that will permit | your new form to form’. The self is purged and a renewal is enacted: the motif of the phoenix and the owl – symbolic of resurrection and of death – abound the text.”

-W. J. Humphries

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