Cyree Jarelle Johnson's poetry collection depicts visions of the global climate crisis through the prism of the country's incarceration machine, looking at the atmospheric chaos of a dystopian future inside the social maelstrom of the prison-industrial complex. Focusing on the iconic real-life nightmare of a dissaster on New York City's Rikers Island jail complex, the work encapsulates the contemporary politics surrounding the facility today, and marks the first stage of an ongoing work-in-progress. The collection in its current form was performed in April at the ElectricFest in Philadelphia. An excerpt, along with resources for further learning about the issues, are presented here.
- Read an excerpt of a machine of mahogany and bronze.
- Download this resource list for further reading and discussion on a machine of mahogany and bronze.