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New Testament, The
Jericho Brown
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978-1-55659-457-1
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New Testament, The
Jericho Brown

In The New Testament, Jericho Brown continues his tender examination of race, masculinity, and sexuality. These poems bear witness to survival in the face of brutality, while also elegizing two brothers haunted by shame, two lovers hounded by death, and an America wounded by war and numbered by religion. Brown summons myth, fable, and fairytale not to merely revise the Biblemore so to write the kind of lyric poetry we find at the source of redemptionfor the profane and for the sacred.

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Another Elegy
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Tom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry

Paterson Award for Literary Excellence, 2015

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"In his second collection, Brown treats disease and love and lust between men, with a gentle touch, returning again and again to the stories of the Bible, which confirm or dispute his vision of real life. 'Every last word is contagious,' he writes, awake to all the implications of that phrase. There is plenty of guilt--survivor's guilt, sinner's guilt--and ever-present death, but also the joy of survival and and sin." NPR

"Erotic and grief-stricken, ministerial and playful, Brown offers his reader a journey unlike any other in contemporary poetry." Rain Taxi

"To read Jericho Brown's poems is to encounter devastating genius." Claudia Rankine

“Brown’s is a necessary art in an era that has seen lingering racial conflict and growing acceptance of gays in America, as well as extreme intolerance and homophobia in many countries overseas. These poems work because while they emanate from an intimately personal place, social concerns loom as large as the barber in Bonnat’s painting. To merge the private with the public so seamlessly is an enviable feat.” —The Antioch Review

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