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Product Details

  • Series: New Issues Poetry & Prose
  • Paperback: 69 pages
  • Publisher: New Issues Poetry & Prose; First edition (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930974795
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930974791
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #388,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Everyone sings in this live-wire, passionate book... --Mark Doty

This is the poetry of blood-ship: the meaning of family, of love, of sexuality; the resonances of pain and the possibilities of redemption. --Terrance Hayes

The silent terror in these poems is the future they seem to inform despite the attempts to integrate the incoherent with the coherent moments of lived experience. PLEASE continually repositions its readers inside the violence of the interruption, the psychic break. --Claudia Rankine

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Jericho Brown worked as the speechwriter for the Mayor of New Orleans before receiving his PhD in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Houston. He also holds an MFA from the University of New Orleans and a BA from Dillard University. The recipient of a Bunting Fellowship from the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University and two travel fellowships to the Krakow Poetry Seminar in Poland, he has served as poetry editor at Gulf Coast and assistant poetry editor at Callaloo. His poems have appeared in The Iowa Review, jubilat, New England Review, Oxford American, and several other journals and anthologies. Brown teaches creative writing as an Assistant Professor of English at the University of San Diego. New Issues Poetry & Prose published his first book PLEASE.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Vincent Czyz on October 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
I had the pleasure of hearing Jericho Brown read some of his work, including "Prayer of the Backhanded," a poignant composition that parades a series of violent images before the reader to convey the sense of how a father's love has become confused enough to include violence of the most intimate sort--the father's own hand being the weapon of choice--"not the pear tree/ Switch, not the broomstick,/ Nor the closest extension/ Cord, not his braided belt ..." But of course we can infer that at other times all of these objects were also used. A few lines later Brown writes: "[A] hand that took/ No thought of its target/ Like hail from a blind sky." A son is reduced to an object, and a father takes on the indifference of the inanimate world. These lines succeed as well as they do because they are almost dispassionate observation when it would have been easy for Brown to lapse into sentimentality.
While the strength of this poem on the page is considerable, it was that much more resonant when Brown read it aloud. His reading style--characterized by slow, precise enunciation--delineated a rhythm that is, in the absence of the author, left up to the reader to interpret. Brown's quietly intense style lends weight to the suggestion that poetry, an oral art for most of its history, might be better served by the CD than the chapbook. I read "Prayer of the Backhanded" before hearing it, and while both are worthwhile experiences, they are significantly different.
The language of Brown's poetry sometimes follows the rhythms of the street, as in "Autobiography," where we read "Keep talking smart if you want to/ Keep looking at my man/ And I'll cut you a new eyelid." In other poems it is more formal, but it never becomes academic; there are no words that call for a dictionary.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mary Akers on February 18, 2009
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Lyrical, musical, rhythmic and passionate, Jericho Brown's beautifully packaged PLEASE is a sustained pleasure to read.
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By Hope on March 28, 2014
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I love how authentic this book of poetry is to read! It will take you through some real and suprising emotions.
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