The Tradition

The Tradition

Book - 2019
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Finalist for the 2019 National Book Award

"100 Notable Books of the Year," The New York Times Book Review

"By some literary magic&;no, it's precision, and honesty&;Brown manages to bestow upon even the most public of subjects the most intimate and personal stakes."&;Craig Morgan Teicher, &;'I Reject Walls': A 2019 Poetry Preview&; for NPR

 &;A relentless dismantling of identity, a difficult jewel of a poem.&;&;Rita Dove, in her introduction to Jericho Brown&;s &;Dark&; (featured in the New York Times Magazine in January 2019)

&;Winner of a Whiting Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship, Brown's hard-won lyricism finds fire (and idyll) in the intersection of politics and love for queer Black men.&;&;O, The Oprah Magazine

Named a Lit Hub &;Most Anticipated Book of 2019&;

One of Buzzfeed&;s &;66 Books Coming in 2019 You&;ll Want to Keep Your Eyes On&;

The Rumpus poetry pick for &;What to Read When 2019 is Just Around the Corner&;

One of BookRiot&;s &;50 Must-Read Poetry Collections of 2019&;

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 safety? Who is this nation? Where does freedom truly lie? Brown makes mythical pastorals to question the terrors to which we&;ve become accustomed, and to celebrate how we survive. Poems of fatherhood, legacy, blackness, queerness, worship, and trauma are propelled into stunning clarity by Brown&;s mastery, and his invention of the duplex&;a combination of the sonnet, the ghazal, and the blues&;is testament to his formal skill. The Tradition is a cutting and necessary collection, relentless in its quest for survival while reveling in a celebration of contradiction.

The Tradition explores cultural threats on black bodies, resistance, and the interplay of desire and privilege in a dangerous era.

Publisher: Port Townsend, Washington :, Copper Canyon Press,, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781556594861
Characteristics: 77 pages ; 23 cm


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LPL_ShirleyB May 06, 2020

Cheers to poet Jericho Brown, winner of the Pulitzer Prize! This poetry collection is available as eBook & audio in


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