The Tradition (Paperback)
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The Tradition (Paperback)

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Published: 08/08/2019
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Brown’s creation of the ‘duplex’ – an accomplished fusion of the sonnet, the ghazal and the blues – brings this scorching collection to full-throated life. Unafraid to explore the seamier side of the modern psyche, The Tradition meditates on the nature of evil, of fatherhood and of blackness, with an uncompromising tone and moral fire.

A Poetry Book Society Choice

'To read Jericho Brown's poems is to encounter devastating genius.' - Claudia Rankine

Jericho Brown's daring poetry collection 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?

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 - testament to his formal skill. The Tradition is a cutting and necessary collection, relentless in its quest for survival while revelling in a celebration of contradiction.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781529020472
Number of pages: 86
Weight: 153 g
Dimensions: 197 x 152 x 11 mm


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To read Jericho Brown's poems is to encounter devastating genius. - Claudia Rankine, author of Citizen: An American Lyric

Some folks write poems, Jericho Brown writes gospel. - Danez Smith, author of Don't Call Us Dead

Brown’s poems are flirtatious, teasing us with moments of sexual and emotional vulnerability . . . In Brown’s poems, the body at risk — the infected body, the abused body, the black body, the body in eros — is most vulnerable to the cruelty of the world. But even in their most searing moments, these poems are resilient out of necessity, faithful to their account of survival, when survival is the hardest task of all. - New York Times

His lyrics are memorable, muscular, majestic . . . Brown's poems are living on the page. - Ilya Kaminsky

These astounding poems by Jericho Brown don't merely hold a lens up to the world and watch from a safe distance; they run or roll or stomp their way into what matters?loss, desire, rage, becoming?and stay there until something necessary begins to make sense. Like the music that runs through this collection, they get inside of you and make something there ache. It's a feeling that doesn't quite go away?and you won't want it to. This is one of the most luminous and courageous voices I have read in a long, long time. - U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith

Exquisite, incisive, as full of the spirit as the soil, the breath and the body, Jericho Brown’s newest collection The Tradition is today’s essential poetry. - John Keene, author of Counternarratives

In his latest collection, award-winning poet Jericho Brown dissects how hate is experienced in the U.S. Brown confronts the nation’s painful history in poems that tackle racism and other forms of discrimination, connecting the country’s past with the aspects of ugliness that still plague the present. The Tradition raises imperative questions about the definition of safety and the true meaning of freedom. - Time

Global and deeply personal at once, and vibrating off the page - Lit Hub

His latest book addresses themes of evil, masculinity, race and trauma with striking clarity. - New Statesman

Searing . . . [Brown] challenges stereotypes about blackness, desire and queerness — and finds moments of joy. The collection is compelling and forceful because it wonderfully balances the dark demands of memory and an indomitable strength. As the poem “Duplex” notes: “None of the beaten end up how we began./ A poem is a gesture toward home.” - Wall Street Journal

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