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Brown: Poems | Kevin Young
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James Brown. John Brown's raid. Brown v. the Topeka Board of Ed. The prize-winning author of Blue Laws meditates on all things "brown" in this powerful new collection. Divided into "Home Recordings" and "Field Recordings," Brown speaks to the way personal experience is shaped by culture, while culture is forever affected by the personal, recalling a black Kansas boyhood to comment on our times. From "History"--a song of Kansas high-school fixture Mr. W., who gave his students "the Sixties / minus Malcolm X, or Watts, / barely a march on Washington"--to "Money Road," a sobering pilgrimage to the site of Emmett Till's lynching, the poems engage place and the past and their intertwined power. These thirty-two taut poems and poetic sequences, including an oratorio based on Mississippi "barkeep, activist, waiter" Booker Wright that was performed at Carnegie Hall and the vibrant sonnet cycle "De La Soul Is Dead," about the days when hip-hop was growing up ("we were black then, not yet / African American"), remind us that blackness and brownness tell an ongoing story. A testament to Young's own--and our collective--experience, Brown offers beautiful, sustained harmonies from a poet whose wisdom deepens with time.
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Leftcoastzen
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Kevin Young is the poetry editor at The New Yorker & a heck of a poet .Caught my eye on a Library run .
His poems are the events of life , growing up in Kansas, Jazz ,baseball,dodgeball , and history “minus Malcom X,or Watts,barely a march on Washington...”
More contemporary, heartbreaking poems of Trayvon Martin,Sandra Bland,Tamir Rice,& Michael Brown.
This is the 1st collection of his I have read,I want more.

vivastory It's a great interview. I'm glad you found it! 👏 3y
vivastory He is brilliant. And a great anthologist, too. I really liked his anthology 3y
vivastory But you can't go wrong with any of his work. He was on the daily show a few months ago, I don't know if the interview is on YouTube. It's worth searching for. 3y
Leftcoastzen @vivastory Thanks ,I will be looking for that. 3y
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“Once you start, how can you quit all this remembering?”

Ruthiella Nice picture!😍 4y
ericarobynreads I love your creative photo!! 4y
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I just finished watching 13 Reasons Why and this is the first poem I read ...

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Endpapers by Mack Young. Love them!

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Finished this last night and fell asleep trying to post about it. This is my favorite collection from Kevin Young yet!

My favorites include all the parts of "De La Soul is Dead," which quotes a different 90s song in each one, and "Hive."