Join us for a special One Book One Philadelphia & National Poetry Month edition of the Nonfiction Book Club!
This month, we will be reading and discussing the Pulitzer Prize winning poetry book The Tradition by Jericho Brown.
About The Tradition:
Jericho Brown’s daring new book The Tradition details the normalization of evil and its history at the intersection of the past and the personal. Brown’s poetic concerns are both broad and intimate, and at their very core a distillation of the incredibly human: What is safety? Who is this nation? Where does freedom truly lie? Brown makes mythical pastorals to question the terrors to which we’ve become accustomed, and to celebrate how we survive. Poems of fatherhood, legacy, blackness, queerness, worship, and trauma are propelled into stunning clarity by Brown’s mastery, and 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.
Copies will be available at the Reference Desk starting March 15. Thanks to a generous donation from The Free Library of Philadelphia, copies are available to be kept (one per patron).
Please email Reference@haverfordlibrary.org for the link to the Zoom meeting.