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The Tradition by Jericho Brown

The Tradition

Jericho Brown

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Category: Poetry, Non-fiction
Imprint: Picador
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publication date: 6 Aug 2019
ISBN: 9781529020472

The powerful second poetry collection published in the UK from award-winning American poet Jericho Brown.

4 stars out of 5
Maria Crawford
6 Sep 2019

"The US poet’s voice is searing, powerful and, even in hopelessness, beautiful"

Brown explores a deep connection with the ground and what lies beneath, with a past that is buried yet scattered in the air above. In “The Microscopes” he reckons with the minutiae of a collective legacy: “conflicts so old they seem to amount /To nothing really — dust particles left behind — /Like the viral geography of an occupied territory.” Other poems offer blunt interrogations of everyday all-American values; paint intimate portraits of queerness; study the lingering complexities of a mother-son relationship. Throughout, Brown’s voice is searing, powerful and, even in hopelessness, beautiful