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About the Author
JD Jackson is a theater professor, aspiring stage director, and award-winning audiobook narrator. A classically trained actor, his television and film credits include roles on House, ER, and Law & Order. JD was named one of AudioFile magazine's Best Voices of the Year for 2012 and 2013. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B07SXWQFPP
- Publisher : Copper Canyon Press (June 18, 2019)
- Publication date : June 18, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 1685 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 83 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #44,468 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The four or five duplex poems are interesting, and there are a few more stand out poems; however, this collection has a lot of filler.
Tw: race, BLM, rape, domestic violence
Duplex and Duplex Cento hit me so hard. They are truly amazing. A must buy for anyone who cares about being up to date on the next classic.
These characteristics are perhaps the most developed in the juxtaposition between the collection's title and perhaps the most discussed poem from the work, "Duplex." Brown invents this new format immediately before our eyes, a concoction of the sonnet, blues, and ghazal styles. The end product beautifully drapes trauma and triumph in a neat bow, and the reader cannot help but deeply empathize with its poignant repeated final line. Because that is exactly what the book is all about; taking the tradition of the black experience and making something entirely new, simultaneously honoring it and elevating beyond its constraints. No wonder the collection is so awarded.
This is further explored in Brown's articulate use of common, modern vernacular. Colloquialisms that we often view as a lower form of language are elevated here, and they become their own kind of music to our ears. We see our casual selves, our thoughtless, everyday personality, pedestaled gorgeously until we respect such "low level" language. Once more, this is the point of the book: just like the black and brown people who have endured centuries-long disdain and oppression, Brown makes it his mission to elevate the otherwise untouched forms of literature.
If this isn't art, I don't know what is.