The Crown Ain’t Worth Much


Hanif Abdurraqib, 2016.


The Crown Ain’t Worth Much, Hanif Abdurraqib’s first full-length collection, is a sharp and vulnerable portrayal of city life in the United States. New York Times best-selling author, Abdurraqib brings his interest in pop culture to these poems, analyzing race, gender, family, and the love that finally holds us together even as it threatens to break us. The poems in this collection are challenging and accessible at once, as they seek to render real human voices in moments of tragedy and celebration.


2017 Eric Hoffer Book Award – Grand Prize Finalist
2017 Eric Hoffer Book Award – Honorable Mention (Poetry)
Hurston/Wright Legacy Award – Nominee

Praise for Hanif Abdurraqib

“Hanif Abdurraqib’s The Crown Ain’t Worth Much leaves me contemplating the meanings of soul: communal soul (peep the breadth of cultural shout outs), rhythmic soul (peep the breadth of sound and syntax), and spiritual soul (peep the breadth of compassion). As titles like “Ode to Drake, Ending with Blood in a Field” and “At the House Party Where We Found Out Whitney Houston Was Dead” suggest, Abdurraqib bridges the bravado and bling of praise with the blood and tears of elegy. The soul of this magnificent book is dynamic, distinguished, and when called for, down and dirty. What a fresh, remarkable debut.”

— Terrance Hayes, National Book Award winner, Lighthead

About Hanif Abdurraqib

Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, writer, and dessert enthusiast from Columbus, Ohio. He is the editor of Again I Wait For This To Pull Apart, an anthology forthcoming from Freezeray Press. His work has been published in Radius, Stirring, Muzzle, Vinyl,… MORE

Additional information

Weight6.5 oz
Dimensions8.5 × 5.5 × .375 in

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Page Count

128 pages

Publication Date

July 18, 2016

Author Hometown

Columbus, Ohio



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