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: Mr. West covers the main events in superstar Kanye Westâs life while also following the poet on her year spent researching, writing, and pregnant. The book explores how we are drawn to celebritiesâto their portrayal in the mediaâand how we sometimes find great private meaning in another personâs public story, even across lines of gender and race. Blakeâs aesthetics take her work from prose poems to lineated free verse to tightly wound lyrics to improbably successful sestinas. The poems fully engage pop culture as a strange, complicated presence that is revealing of America itself. This is a daring debut collection and a groundbreaking work. An online readerâs companion will be available at http://sarahblake.site.wesleyan.edu.