In his new work, The Tradition, Jericho Brown’s poems of fatherhood, legacy, blackness, queerness, worship, and trauma are propelled into stunning clarity by his mastery. His invention of the duplex—a combination of the sonnet, the ghazal, and the blues—is testament to his formal skill. The Tradition is a cutting and necessary collection, relentless in its quest for survival while reveling in a celebration of contradiction. Tracy K. Smith describes Lauren Alleyne’s Honeyfish as “exquisitely crafted poems of heart-accelerating candor and clarity” and the book as “an elegy for all the countless lost, and a praise song for the many black lives that persist in their wish to give and receive love.” Join these two poets as they read from their new collections.

September 1 @ 14:30
2:30 pm

Decatur Presbyterian Sanctuary presented by Emory University

Jericho Brown, Lauren K. Alleyne