Jericho Brown is the author of The Tradition (2019), The New Testament (2014), which won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and Please (2008), winner of the American Book Award. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, and the National Endowment for the Arts, and he is the winner of the Whiting Writer’s Award. His poems have appeared in The Bennington Review, Buzzfeed, Fence, jubilat, The New Republic, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, TIME magazine, and several volumes of The Best American Poetry. He is an associate professor and the director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory University.
Aster. Nasturtium. Delphinium. We thought
Fingers in dirt meant it was our dirt, learning
Names in heat, in elements classical
Philosophers said could change us. Star Gazer.
Foxglove. Summer seemed to bloom against the will
Of the sun, which news reports claimed flamed hotter
On this planet than when our dead fathers
Wiped sweat from their necks. Cosmos. Baby’s Breath.
Men like me and my brothers filmed what we
Planted for proof we existed before
Too late, sped the video to see blossoms
Brought in seconds, colors you expect in poems
Where the world ends, everything cut down.
John Crawford. Eric Garner. Mike Brown.
- Writer’s Website.
- Q&A: Poet Jericho Brown on Atlanta’s poetry community, black masculinity, and the politics of love. Atlanta Magazine. 27 August 2019.
- ‘I Want You To Change’: Jericho Brown On His New Collection of Poems, ‘The Tradition’. KMUW. 8 April 2019.
- A Poetic Body of Work Grapples With the Physical Body at Risk. The New York Times. 2 April 2019.
Reading with Tom Healy | March 15, 2011