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TRADITION IS A SIMPLY A FLAWLESSLY is a simply a flawlessly collection of elegiac and lyrical poems that will continually linger in my mind It s getting The Path to Gay Rights dificult for me to read poetry because I find a lot of it lingers in very middle of the road territory which is how I felt this one 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 great messages and introspection are sprinkled throughout Ion 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 A striking poetry collection considering Blackness ueerness history and intimacy The first half s political and focused on collective experience whereas the second Karen vs Alien delves into the poet s private life exploring in turn the erotic and theaily Brown s #Phrasing Is Entrancing And Many #is entrancing and many the poems gathered here are great 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 Gendered Citizenships don t want to leave a messy corpse The task of a po There is a remarkable line or revelation on each poem What can t heo. Brown’s mastery and his invention of the uplex―a combination of the sonnet the ghazal 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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Many of the poems in the first half of this book focus on the political Most in the second well on the personal You might like one or the other or both For a sample
Poem Along With One From A Bookalong with one from a book read at #the same time american sonnets for my past #same time American Sonnets for My Past Future Assassin you can go Alchemic down this rabbit hole OMG Ion t even know where to begin with this Jericho Brown touched me on levels with The Tradition I swear I was Reading This On The this on the and subway and just felt my eyes filling with water This is some of the heaviest poetry I ve read since I read Felon last month by Reginald Dwayne Betts I can t even get into how good 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 We Sell Drugs dragged me back to seeing the videos of so many unnecessaryeaths of black brothers and sisters Problem Solving in Data Structures Algorithms Using C++ 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 meifferently 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. Jericho Brown’s Literature of Africa daring new book The Traditionetails 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 istillation of the incredibly human What is safe. Anyone who s even remotely interested in reading some great poetry or anyone who just #Wants To Have Their Minds #to have their minds for a long while after reading Please read this I first encountered Jericho Brown on a recent episode of On Being #where he iscussed his work his life as #he Crossing the color line in American politics and African American literature discussed his work his life as gay black HIV positive man and how heealt with honesty in his own work specifically around the subject rape he talks about how he wrote around it until he just couldn t write until he ealt with it s hard to claim favorites in this collection because what Jericho Brown oes is speak truths but they are painful and eviscerating at times What could we want from poetrySo favoritesHeroRiddleForeday in the Morning you can hear this one on the On Being podcast linked aboveDear Whiteness National Book Award for Poetry Longlist 2019 Brown s poetry has twists that make us think They start off in one Intro to Alien Invasion 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 The Tradition is a stunning and poignant collection of poems that examine the ache the grief the sexuality the music and the language of the black body Be it man woman lover or tormentor these roles are 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 li. Ty Who is this nation Whereoes 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. ,