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On Sundays We Read Poetry

Each Sunday, I post a brief introduction to a collection of poetry I've been loving. I include one poem that I think really sings. No review. No need. If it's here, you'll know I recommend it. If you have one to recommend (yours or someone else's), send it along. I'll do my best to be here every Sunday.


When a collection wins the Pulitzer Prize, it needs no introduction. When the name Jericho Brown is on the lips of every reader, everywhere, it really needs no introduction. Here's my favorite from this award-winning collection:

The Legend of Big and Fine

Long ago, we used two words

For the worth of a house, a car,

A woman -- all the same to men

Who claimed them: things

To be entered, each to suffer

Wear and tear with time, but

Greater than the love for these

Was the strong little grin

One man offered another

Saying, You lucky. You got you

A big, fine _______________.

Hard to imagine so many men

Waiting on each other to be

Recognized, every crooked

Tooth in our naming mouths

Ready like the syllables

Of a very short sentence, all

Of us crying mine, like babies who

Grab for what must be beautiful

Since someone else saw it.

Want more? Order The Tradition and join the rest of the world talking about this young wonder. Or click here to see/hear the poet read a few more from the collection.


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