"This is a truly wonderful book. These emotions and history Jericho shares are much needed in these times. A truly talented young poet".
A National Book Award finalist and winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, The Tradition—Jericho Brown's third book of poems—is "tender, vulnerable, severe, riveting" (Los Angeles Review of Books).
Exploring personal, family, and national history, these poems ask us to examine the traditions and narratives we inherit, and how they shape the present moment: what we preserve, what we celebrate, what we're complicit with, what we challenge, and how we live and care for one another.
Written at intersections of Black queerness, Brown's work finds love, understanding, hope, and abundant beauty despite the evil that pollutes the everyday. "The Tradition pays off on the first page and just keeps on giving...writing is good words in good order; poetry is the best words in the best order. Brown's words are in the best order possible" (Vox).
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