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There is a remarkable line or revelation on each poem What can t he do A striking poetry collection considering Blackness ueerness history and intimacy The first half s political and focused on collective experience whereas the second delves into the poet s private life exploring in turn the erotic and the daily Brown s phrasing is entrancing and many life exploring in turn the erotic and the daily Brown s phrasing is entrancing and many the poems athered here are If It’s Monday It Must Be Madurai: A Conducted Tour of India great The Tradition is a stunning and poignant collection of poems that examine the ache therief the sexuality the music and the language of the black body Be it man woman lover or

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these roles exposed and explored with a sharp and slightly sardonic eye These poems challenge our collective amnesia and complacency with the horrors unleashed upon our communities and our very own bodies the ways in which we fight for autonomy and freedom the ways in which we lie to ourselves to avoid confronting the violence inflicted by those who were supposed to keep us safe and loved Coupled with the incredible formal and stylistic variety on constant display The Tradition is a simply a flawlessly written collection of elegiac and lyrical poems that will continually linger in my mind I first encountered Jericho Brown on a recent episode of On Being where he discussed his work his life as a ay black HIV positive man and how he dealt with honesty in his own work specifically around the subject of rape he talks about how he wrote around it until he just couldn t write until he dealt with it directlyIt s hard to claim favorites in this collection because what Jericho Brown does is speak truths but they are painful and eviscerating at times What could we want from poetrySo favoritesHeroRiddleForeday in the Morning you can he. Jericho Brown’s daring new book The Tradition details the normalization of evil and its history at the intersection of the past and the personal Brown’s poetic concerns are both broad and intimate and at their very core a distillation of the incredibly human What is safe. ,
The TraditionOrm the truths into art a harrowing task when there seems to be a shadow of violence devouring the horizon Jericho Brown who is arguably one of the most important voices in poetry today takes an imploring look into violence from the personal to the cultural and political and renders it into unflinching prose that dances to an introspective beat of resilience There is an urgency to the work that warns against the normalization of the violence brutality and resilience There is an urgency to the work that warns against the normalization of the violence brutality and addressed within the book In an interview with Michael Dumanis for the Ben It s etting dificult for me to read poetry because I find a lot of it lingers in very middle of the road territory which is how
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felt this was Jericho s writing is certainly pretty and I highlighted a lot of impactful lines but I also found myself skimming some poems that I couldn t uite comprehend and there wasn t a poem in this collection that I loved start to finish even though The Monk as Man: The Unknown Life of Swami Vivekananda great messages and introspection are sprinkled throughout I don t think this book is uite my taste in poetry but it was still a nice collection about a black ueer man that I enjoyed reading National Book Award for Poetry Longlist 2019 Brown s poetry has twists that make us think They start off in one direction and within a few short phrases move to weighty issues how the body is vulnerable to infection HIV physical abuse racism and Recommend these lyrical compact poems Please read this Many of the poems in the first half of this book focus on the political Most in the second dwell on the personal You might like one or the other or both For a sample poem along with one from a book I read at the same time American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin you cano down this rabbit hol. Brown’s mastery and his invention of the duplex―a combination of the sonnet the hazal and the blues―testament to his formal skill The Tradition is a cutting and necessary collection relentless in its uest for survival while revelling in a celebration of contradiction.

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Ar this one on the On Being podcast linked aboveDear Whiteness OMG I Don T Even Know t even know to begin with this Jericho Brown touched me on levels with The Tradition know to begin with this Jericho Brown touched me on levels with The Tradition swear I was reading this *on the bus and subway and just felt my eyes filling with water This is some of * the bus and subway and just felt my eyes filling with water This is some of heaviest poetry I ve read since I read Felon last month by Reginald Dwayne Betts I can t even et into how ood this effort is I m shaking Bullet Points is a HUGE highlight of the poetry offered up here Every time the words I promise you came up I felt this movement in my chest that just dragged me back to seeing the videos of so many unnecessary deaths of black brothers and sisters dying in police custody My spirit was alive Jericho Brown brought the spirits of ancestors watching over us to us in this poem Of My Fury Turn You Over and Stay also hit me hard as a person newly trying to understand my place in certain relationships these three pieces hit me differently and were incredibly heavy Jericho Brown has a way with words evoking joy confusion longing happiness that feels light but breakable conflicted but needy in it s yearning for longevity Yo honestly these poems hit me hard In Hero when he said Gratitude is black yoooo I FELT THAT SHITI would highly highly HIGHLY recommend this book of poems to anyone who s even remotely interested in reading some reat poetry or anyone who just wants to have their minds blown for a long while after reading The Tradition has just been awarded the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for poetry I begin with love hoping to end there writes Jericho Brown in his third and extraordinary new collection The Tradition I don t want to leave a messy corpse The task of a poet is often to take in the world and transf. Ty Who is this nation Where does freedom truly lie Brown makes mythical pastorals to uestion the terrors to which we’ve become accustomed and to celebrate how we survive Poems of fatherhood legacy blackness ueerness worship and trauma are propelled into stunning clarity by. ,
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