The poems [in Collateral] range from personal histories of male entitlement to the speaker’s body, to a simple list of names of dead black women, to the words spoken between two people during an arrest. Simone John, like Claudia Rankine and Charles Reznikoff before her, has a gift for locating her historical moment’s most troubling details and presenting them plainly, using linebreaks with astonishing deftness. ...“Black rage cannot be reworded. // A poem cannot be paraphrased,” writes John in “Ars Poetica,” a claim to poetic distillation which she honors throughout the book, each poem making a single argument with its own stark ending, culminating in the final poem, “The Poet’s Eulogy,” which casts the author herself in the role of dead black woman. Collateral is a profoundly moving book, and gives us much to look forward to with the release of her full-length collection, Testify, from Octopus in 2017.