MahoganyBooks is excited to welcome award winning poet, Jericho Brown for a poetry reading, author talk, and book signing featuring his third collection of work, The Tradition. Jerichos' poetry concerns itself with his experience as a black, gay Southern man in America. In July 2018, his work has appeared in TIME magazine and Browns' first book 'Please' won the American Book Award. We are pleased to have Jericho Brown visit for an intimate evening of poetry and conversation and encourage you all to join us for this exciting event.
Beauty abounds in Jericho Brown’s daring new poetry collection, despite and inside of the evil that pollutes the everyday. The Tradition questions why and how we’ve become accustomed to terror: in the bedroom, the classroom, the workplace, and the movie theater. From mass shootings to rape to the murder of unarmed people by police, Brown interrupts complacency by locating each emergency in the garden of the body, where living things grow and wither—or survive. In the urgency born of real danger, Brown’s work is at its most innovative. His invention of the duplex—a combination of the sonnet, the ghazal, and the blues—is an all-out exhibition of formal skill, and his lyrics move through elegy and memory with a breathless cadence. Jericho Brown is a poet of eros: here he wields this power as never before, touching the very heart of our cultural crisis.