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By Kevin Young

James Brown. John Brown's raid. Brown v. the Topeka Board of Ed. The prize-winning writer of Blue Laws meditates on all issues "brown" during this robust new collection.

Divided into "Home Recordings" and "Field Recordings," Brown speaks to the best way own event is formed by means of tradition, whereas tradition is endlessly stricken by the non-public, recalling a black Kansas boyhood to touch upon our instances. From "History"--a music of Kansas high-school fixture Mr. W., who gave his scholars "the Sixties / minus Malcolm X, or Watts, / slightly a march on Washington"--to "Money Road," a sobering pilgrimage to the location of Emmett Till's lynching, the poems have interaction position and the earlier and their intertwined strength. those thirty-two taut poems and poetic sequences, together with an oratorio in line with Mississippi "barkeep, activist, waiter" Booker Wright that used to be played at Carnegie corridor and the colourful sonnet cycle "De los angeles Soul Is Dead," in regards to the days while hip-hop used to be turning out to be up ("we have been black then, now not but / African American"), remind us that blackness and brownness inform an ongoing tale. A testomony to Young's own--and our collective--experience, Brown offers appealing, sustained harmonies from a poet whose knowledge deepens with time.

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