Prelude to Bruise (häftad)
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Commended for National Book Critics Circle Award (Poetry) 2014; Commended for Lambda Literary Awards (Gay Poetry) 2015; Commended for Triangle Awards (Gay Poetry) 2015
Coffee House Press
209 x 146 x 6 mm
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Prelude to Bruise (häftad)

Prelude to Bruise


Häftad Engelska, 2014-09-09
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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 he can hear." But now that we have this book, we can all hear it. And it's unforgettable."--Brenda Shaughnessy "Inside each hunger, each desire, speaks the voice of a boy that admits 'I've always wanted to be dangerous.' This is not a threat but a promise to break away from the affliction of silence, to make audible the stories that trouble the dimensions of masculinity and discomfort the polite conversations about race. With impressive grace, Saeed Jones situates the queer black body at the center, where his visibility and vulnerability nurture emotional strength and the irrepressible energy to claim those spaces that were once denied or withheld from him. Prelude to a Bruise is a daring debut."--Rigoberto Gonzalez From "Sleeping Arrangement": Take your hand out from under my pillow. And take your sheets with you. Drag them under. Make pretend ghosts. I can't have you rattling the bed springs so keep still, keep quiet. Mistake yourself for shadows. Learn the lullabies of lint. Saeed Jones works as the editor of BuzzfeedLGBT.
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NPR's Best Books of 2014 Time Out New York Best Books of 2014 Book Riot, 2014's Must-Read Books from Indie Presses Split This Rock Recommended Poetry Books of 2014 Vol. 1 Brooklyn, A Year of Favorites, Jason Diamond Greenlight Bookstore, Holiday Picks "In his debut collection, Jones has crafted a fever dream, something akin to magic... Solid from start to finish, possessing amazing energy and focus, a bold new voice in poetry has announced itself"--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review "Jones had a meteoric rise to literary prominence in the past year... the poems of this book are harrowing and heartbreaking, treating family, sexuality, and race with unrelenting intensity."--Publishers Weekly "A debut poetry collection examining identity in all its forms--racial, sexual, geographical, and more--with both incisive intensity and tenderness."--Off the Shelf "Jones's lavish sonic patterning and gothic imagery often recall the incendiary mythos and immaculate craft of Sylvia Plath's Ariel as well as the haunted, sensual longing of Thomas James's Letters to a Stranger." --Kenyon Review Online "[T]he way these poems address violence, life in the south, race, sexuality and relationships makes for an engrossing read best consumed in as few sittings as possible."--Time "This book leaves your body transformed in a way that poetry should." --ElevenEleven "This is indeed a book seamed in smoke; it is a dance that invites you to admire the supple twist of its narrative spine; it is hard and glaring and brilliant as the anthracite that opens the collection: 'a voice mistook for stone, / jagged black fist.'" --NPR Book Review "The features that distinguish his poems from prose -- brevity, symbolism, implication -- let him investigate the almost unsayable."--Los Angeles Times "This year's Stonewall-Gittings literature award goes to Saeed Jones's Prelude to Bruise (Coffee House), a punch-in-your-gut fusion of racial, sexual, and personal struggle and a National Book Critics Circle finalist."--Library Journal "Perhaps the readiest, most painfully assured debut of the decade."--Flavorwire "The poems in Prelude to Bruise enflame, with all flame's consequences of wounding and illumination ... It's a story of the forces of destruction--the destruction of black bodies and black selves--built into America, and it surfaces in the lines of lust, violence, possession, and power." --Rain Taxi "This book is so good it will give you night sweats."--Greenlight Bookstore "An astonishing poetry collection, furious, tender, and true." --Tin House "Prelude to Bruise is a harrowing examination of masculinity and femininity as a "brutal" performance."--Buzzfeed "Jones' sentences bristle with foreboding ... Jones seems to be playing with the idea of the nature of man, of those who live closer in tune with the laws of nature than with those of humanityJones, like great poet-novelists, fills his book with beautiful sentences."--Electric Literature "Prelude to Bruise is an airtight collection of visceral and stunning poems."--Mosaic Magazine "Prelude to Bruise by Saeed Jones, a tome of searing poetry about what it means to be Black, gay, Southern and so much more"--Refinery 29 "Prelude to Bruise Saeed Jones is a powerful collection ... with a high level of craft, emotion and metaphor."--Ebony "Reading this book will change you."--Cambridge Writers' Workshop "Saeed Jones's first full-length book, Prelude to Bruise, is a necessary piece of contemporary poetry that bravely tackles issues such as abuse, promiscuity, homosexuality, and racism."--Prairie Schooner "Jones uncovers what exactly is at stake when one presents oneself authentically, when one insists on being oneself regardless of the consequences."--Coldfront "Prelude to Bruise was published by C

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Saeed Jones is the author of the chapbook When the Only Light is Fire (2011, Sibling Rivalry Press). His work has appeared in Best Gay Stories 2013 , Guernica , Ebony Magazine , The Rumpus , Hayden's Ferry Review and West Branch among other publications. Jones received his MFA in Creative Writing at Rutgers University -- Newark and is the recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem and Queer / Arts / Mentors. He works as the editor of BuzzfeedLGBT and lives in Harlem.