In the Room of Thirsts & Hungers

Tony Barnestone

“In these ‘Broken Sonnets,’ Indigo Moor holds a reflecting glass between Othello the Moor and Paul Robeson, the actor, scholar, and equal rights activist who portrayed Othello in the America of racial oppression and Communist witch hunts. This immensely ambitious collection contains a history of race and the legacy of the slavery in Shakespeare’s time that culminated in the driving of the Moors out of Catholic Spain. On the other side of the mirror are the 1900s of Paul Robeson:  lynch mobs, blackface minstrel shows, Jim Crow, and the persecution of Negros. This book is a populous mirror, reflecting a cast of characters from Iago to Joe McCarthy, Desdemona to Langston Hughes, W.E.B. Du Bois and others. In the Room of Thirsts & Hungers reverses our understandings of these two complicated, proud men and makes them shine in the glaze of our refractions. This is one hell of a book. You can’t look away from it. It’s looking back at you.”

Camille T. Dungy

“The interlacing narratives of In the Room of Thirsts & Hungers suggests that our world is nothing so much as a mirror, revealing who we are and have always been. These carefully-wrought and brightly-imagined poems are both timely and timeless. Indigo Moor has written a necessary book.”

E. Ethelbert Miller

“In the Room of Thirsts & Hungers is a duet between men and ideas. Paul Robeson was once viewed as the tallest tree in the forest. Here, Moor gathers his leaves and turns them into words.  Somewhere Shakespeare is tapping his fingers. The work glitters from remembering. This book is filled with surprise which, at times, becomes magical.”

Through the Stonecutter's Window

John Keene

"Indigo Moor’s Through the Stonecutter’s Window is a sustained and impressive dialogue with the visual arts, history, the natural world, and the poet’s dreams and nightmares. The verse dances polyrhythmically across and down each page. Always in motion, Moor’s lines are choreographed to make sense of all that is most elusive in meaning: music, violence, love, anger, and desire."  


Jane Hirshfield

"Sense-embedded, peeled to perceptive freshness, with a gift for the muscular and concentrating phrase, Indigo Moor not only family and personal history, but the broader culture's as well. These are poems weighted with the real world, consequential, revelatory and moving."  

Cyrus Cassells

"The vivid, dexterous work of Yusef Komunyakaa and Jean Toomer's crisp, poignant Cane come to mind, but Indigo Moor is, finally, his own man. Jis intricate, breathtaking poetry is lushly musical and allusive, alive, inventive- a mmuscular jazz."  

Natasha Trethewey

"The crucible of the past is relentless, Indigo Moor tells us in one poem, and in another, "The Better Truth," that the mind stores that part of history that glimmers. Both are true in his debut collection, Tap-Root. These are poems that tremble and ache with urgency as Moor longs for, returns to, leaves behind, ane elegizes his South--a landscape of hardship, beauty, work, and the sweet music forged out of survival."