The Tradition

December 5, 2020
The Tradition

Jericho Brown's daring new book The Tradition details thenormalization of evil and its history at the intersection of thepast and the personal. Brown's poetic concerns are both broad andintimate, and at their very core a distillation of the incrediblyhuman: What is safety? Who is this nation? Where does freedom trulylie? Brown makes mythical pastorals to question the terrors towhich we've become accustomed, and to celebrate how we survive.Poems of fatherhood, legacy, blackness, queerness, worship, andtrauma are propelled into stunning clarity by Brown's mastery, andhis invention of the duplex-a combination of the sonnet, theghazal, and the blues-is testament to his formal skill. TheTradition is a cutting and necessary collection, relentless in itsquest for survival while reveling in a celebration ofcontradiction.