The New Testament (Jericho Brown)

"God gives To each a body. God gives every body its pains. When pain mounts in my body, I try thinking Of my white forefathers who hurt their black bastards Quite legally. I hate to say it, but one pain can ease Another"

"God gives
To each a body. God gives every body its pains.
When pain mounts in my body, I try thinking
Of my white forefathers who hurt their black bastards
Quite legally. I hate to say it, but one pain can ease
Another"

Jericho Brown's second poetry collection. NPR.org writes: “In his second collection, The New Testament, Brown treats disease and love and lust between men, with a gentle touch, returning again and again to the stories of the Bible, which confirm or dispute his vision of real life. 'Every last word is contagious,' he writes, awake to all the implications of that phrase. There is plenty of guilt—survivor’s guilt, sinner’s guilt—and ever-present death, but also the joy of survival and sin. And not everyone has the chutzpah to rewrite The Good Book." This collection won a ton of awards and was rated extremely favorably. Before earning his PhD in Creative Writing, winning the American Book Award for his first book (PLEASE, 2008) and teaching at Emory University, Jericho Brown was the speechwriter for the mayor of New Orleans. Take Claudia Rankine's word for it: "To read Jericho Brown's poems is to encounter devastating genius."

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