Fred Moten

Fred Moten

Fred Moten is a poet and professor of English at the University of California, Riverside. He is the author of ArkansasPoems (with Jim Behrle), I ran from it but was still in itHughson’s TavernB JenkinsThe Feel Trio, and the critical works In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition and The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study (with Stefano Harney).


Moten’s newest book, The Little Edges (Wesleyan University Press, 2015)is a collection of poems that extends the poet’s experiments in what he calls “shaped prose”—a way of arranging prose in rhythmic blocks, or sometimes shards, in the interest of audio-visual patterning. Shaped prose is a form that works the “little edges” of lyric and discourse, and radiates out into the space between them. As occasional pieces, many of the poems in the book are the result of a request or commission to comment upon a work of art, or to memorialize a particular moment or person. In Moten’s poems, the matter and energy of a singular event or person are transformed by their entrance into the social space that they, in turn, transform. 

Recent Book
The Little Edges