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Please
by Jericho Brown

$14.00 Trade Paper
ISBN: 1-930974-79-5 / 978-1-930974-79-1
Publication Date: October, 2008

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Winner of the 2009 American Book Award

Please explores the points in our lives at which love and violence intersect. 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.

 

New Issues Poetry & Prose, Western Michigan University, Dept. of English,
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