Brown

Brown

Poems

Book - 2018 | First edition
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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 twenty-eight 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents: Home recordings
One: the A train
Two: on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe
Field recordings
Three: night train
Four: the Crescent Unlimited
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2018
Edition: First edition
Branch Call Number: 811.54 Y737.br
Characteristics: vii, 161 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Dunea, Melanie - Photographer
ISBN: 9781524732547
1524732540

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Young, director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and poetry editor of the New Yorker, presents a new collection of poems that explore black culture and heritage, including meditations on Mohammed Ali, James Brown, and Trayvon Martin.


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