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Black Boy, Fly.

Black Boy, Fly.

mixing paints to prepare for printing!

Black Boy, Fly.

signing, numbering and titling my final prints!

Black Boy, Fly.

an image of the final print. the image is from a world aids day event, and the text is an original poem.

Black Boy, Fly, is an artist book containing a paired image and poem. The content explores the identity of the author - from his thoughts on his body, sexuality and acceptance - from the perspective of a growing black boy. The target audience of the book is young black boys, and aims to encourage these youths to explore their own identity as well as those of other individuals and communities. The style of the book is reflective and honest, and aims to encourage both the self and the reader to imagine and form a healthy masculinity, not centered upon queerphobia.

The broadside was produced using an image from a dance performance at a World Aids Day event. The text is an original poem. The colors are intentionally dark and warm, at times forcing the reader to pay close attention to read the tender text.

- Mason Polk, Pitzer College '19