Book cover for The Tradition

The Tradition



08 August 2019
86 pages
Imprint: Picador


To read Jericho Brown's poems is to encounter devastating genius.
Some folks write poems, Jericho Brown writes gospel.
Brown’s poems are flirtatious, teasing us with moments of sexual and emotional vulnerability . . . In Brown’s poems, the body at risk — the infected body, the abused body, the black body, the body in eros — is most vulnerable to the cruelty of the world. But even in their most searing moments, these poems are resilient out of necessity, faithful to their account of survival, when survival is the hardest task of all.
His lyrics are memorable, muscular, majestic . . . Brown's poems are living on the page.