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Prelude to Bruise

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781566893749
Author(s): Saeed Jones
Format: Paperback
Year: 2014
Publisher: Coffee House Press
Dimensions: 124 x 213 x 13 (w x l x h)
Pages: 124

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Praise for Saeed Jones: 'Jones is the kind of writer who's more than wanted: he's desperately needed.'--FlavorWire 'This book leaves your body transformed in a way that poetry should.' --ElevenEleven 'I get shout-happy when I read these poems; they are the gospel; they are the good news of the sustaining power of imagination, tenderness, and outright joy.'--D. A. Powell 'Prelude to Bruise works its tempestuous mojo just under the skin, wreaking a sweet havoc and rearranging the pulse. These poems don't dole out mercy. Mr. Jones undoubtedly dipped his pen in fierce before crafting these stanzas that rock like backslap. Straighten your skirt, children. The doors of the church are open.'--Patricia Smith 'It's a big book, a major book. A game-changer. Dazzling, brutal, real. Not just brilliant, caustic, and impassioned but a work that brings history--in which the personal and political are inter-constitutive--to the immediate moment. Jones takes a reader deep into lived experience, into a charged world divided among unstable yet entrenched lines: racial, gendered, political, sexual, familial.
Here we absorb each quiet resistance, each whoop of joy, a knowledge of violence and of desire, an unbearable ache/loss/yearning. This is not just a 'new voice' but a new song, a new way of singing, a new music made of deep grief's wildfire, of burning intelligence and of all-feeling heart, scorched and seared. In a poem, Jones says, 'Boy's body is a song only h Please click here to ask a question
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