Publication of Jericho Brown's Book, Please
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Jericho Brown, whose book, Please, has just been published by Western Michigan University Press, reads from his volume of poetry as part of the Croppers Writers’ Series on at 7 p.m., Friday, November 14, Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Theatre.
Please explores the points in our lives at which love and violenceintersect. Drunk on its own rhythms and full of imaginative and often frightening imagery, Please is the album playing in the background of the history and culture that surround African American/male identity and sexuality. Just as radio favorites like Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway, and Pink Floyd characterize loss, loneliness, addiction, and denial with their voices, these poems' chorus of speakers transform moments of intimacy and humor into spontaneous music. In Please, Jericho Brown sings the influence soul culture has on American life with the accuracy of the blues.
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