The Days of Good Looks: The Prose and
Poetry of Cheryl Clarke, 1980 – 2005
by Cheryl Clarke
Carroll & Graff. 419 pages, $16.95 (paper)
FEW QUEER WRITERS plant their flag as firmly at the intersection of poetry and politics as does black lesbian poet Cheryl Clarke. This is clearly evidenced by Clarke’s latest book, a collection of her best known and most powerful essays (including “Lesbianism: An Act of Resistance”) interspersed with equally powerful and resonant poems. The Days of Good Looks: The Prose and Poetry of Cheryl Clarke, 1980–2005 presents almost twenty essays that range over the rough and rich terrain of race and sexuality, paired with poems on the same subjects.