Please

Please

Poetry. African American Studies. LGBT Studies. PLEASE explores the points in our lives at which love and violence intersect. Drunk on its own rhythms and full of imaginative and often frightening imagery, PLEASE is the album playing in the background of the history and culture that surround African American/male identity and sexuality. Just as radio favorites like Marvin Poetry. African American Studies. LGBT Studies. PLEASE explores the points in our lives at which love and violence interse...

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Title:Please
Author:Jericho Brown
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Genres:Poetry
ISBN:Please
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:69 pages pages

Please Reviews

  • secondwomn
    Dec 05, 2014

    Dear God, Please will hurt you - in a good way. It's a very physical and lyrical book of poetry that just goes right through you with one seamless poem followed by another. Think of an extended metaphor, music as the medium, in which we are allowed to experience the speaker's pain in b...

    This poetry collection overwhelmed me. I can sense that there is something in there. Something. In there. I am confused. So instead of trying to give you a sense of what Jericho's poems are about, I will let the text on the back cover speak for itself:Please explores the points in our ...

    The Burning Bush Lizard?s shade turned torch, what thorns I bore Nomadic shepherds clipped. Still, I?ve stood, a soldier listening for the word, Attack, a prophet praying any ember be spoken Through me in this desert full of fugitives. Now, I have a voice. Entered, I am ...

    What gives most pleasure in this book is its willingness to struggle with identity, and to embrace the fact that struggle consists of actions that bring him closer to understanding. Or maybe a more appropriate way to say it is that the struggle makes him more fully human. ...

    I love this book because Jericho put some much love into it. Drawing from his personal experiences as well as his love of R&B, he's created quite a collection. ...

    There are three sections of poems in this book, with each section titled after a button on a stereo, though obviously they?re also words with resonance: REPEAT, and PAUSE, and POWER. Music, both as trope and as thing, the idea of song and actual songs and musicians, figure heavily. A...

    Jericho Brown is going to be a huge, big, voice in American poetry. Some sublime lines throughout the book, and, while I normally don't go for this, the performance oriented boldness of the poems gave it all the right kind of muscle. ...

    a lot to like, a brave book ...

  • Dee
    Oct 24, 2017

    Dear God, Please will hurt you - in a good way. It's a very physical and lyrical book of poetry that just goes right through you with one seamless poem followed by another. Think of an extended metaphor, music as the medium, in which we are allowed to experience the speaker's pain in b...

    This poetry collection overwhelmed me. I can sense that there is something in there. Something. In there. I am confused. So instead of trying to give you a sense of what Jericho's poems are about, I will let the text on the back cover speak for itself:Please explores the points in our ...

    The Burning Bush Lizard?s shade turned torch, what thorns I bore Nomadic shepherds clipped. Still, I?ve stood, a soldier listening for the word, Attack, a prophet praying any ember be spoken Through me in this desert full of fugitives. Now, I have a voice. Entered, I am ...

    What gives most pleasure in this book is its willingness to struggle with identity, and to embrace the fact that struggle consists of actions that bring him closer to understanding. Or maybe a more appropriate way to say it is that the struggle makes him more fully human. ...

    I love this book because Jericho put some much love into it. Drawing from his personal experiences as well as his love of R&B, he's created quite a collection. ...

    There are three sections of poems in this book, with each section titled after a button on a stereo, though obviously they?re also words with resonance: REPEAT, and PAUSE, and POWER. Music, both as trope and as thing, the idea of song and actual songs and musicians, figure heavily. A...

    Jericho Brown is going to be a huge, big, voice in American poetry. Some sublime lines throughout the book, and, while I normally don't go for this, the performance oriented boldness of the poems gave it all the right kind of muscle. ...

    a lot to like, a brave book ...

    La experiencia poética parece atada, desde Rimbaud, a aquella imposible paradoja de lectura encapsulada en el "yo es otro". La experiencia de lectura, y toda lectura literaria es, en el fondo, una lectura poética, se atraviesa con ese sentido de la otredad, y debe, entonces, permitir...

    This was harder to read than his second book, grittier yet also more veiled. There were lines I shuddered at, from both pain at what he was saying and pleasure in how he could say it. But there is a rhythm to his work that draws me in. ...

    His writing is aggressive and beautiful, and the content of the poems is powerful and personal. Some poems slipped past me but overall a Work of Art. I should reread at a later point in my life. Favorite poem is for sure ?Herman Finley Is Dead.? ...

    Rereading. Heard him speak in Michigan in April. Sometimes you just need some poetic beauty - and pain - in your life. Still hearing his voice. ...

    jericho brown is absolutely incredible, especially when he reads his poetry live. ...

    Jericho Brown promises no revelations. His poems are tight, trimmed of excess, lyrical and lonely. I want to answer their questions Tell them the dead man?s name But I cannot identify the broken body. Even I don?t know who he is. His poems are home to the hardest questions...

    ?If the red sun rising makes a sound, / Let my voice be that sound.? Jericho Brown's voice is a whip. A deft delivery of poetry, Please is smart, sad, beautiful, musical. I love the way in which the Tracks organize the book and music informs the poems. Song of absence. Man as...

    Absolutely excellent poetry. There's something about the rhythm and lyricism of each of the poems that just makes them come alive. You never really know where each one is headed, and it's great to read them over and over, while still being able to pick up new things. A lot of the poems...

    Jericho Brown?s poetry collection Please is organized into four sections: Repeat, Pause, Power and Stop. Brown continues the musical theme throughout a cycle of poems whose titles are all numbered tracks and whose content references song lyrics. Other poems refer to characters from T...

    This book shared a lot of resonating themes with another book I recently read (also published in 2008): James Allen Hall's Now You're the Enemy. This made me think about the effect of braiding in a poetry collection; pulsing back to topics and images to weave a story rather than marchi...

    Really fresh. Although the poems feel plainspoken and direct, Jericho Brown is okay with being occasionally oblique. While he retells stories of his hardworking family, his tough-loving parents, and an uneasy childhood--he also mixes in some sly commentary on the act of telling: "I sho...

    You would not believe me if I told you/ I met a man called Joshua./ I am not a city nor a saint./ He knew where my body had been. This book is worth reading for "Burning Bush" alone, but there's so much texture to this book throughout. (I lowkey worried Jericho Brown needs/needed...

    I fluctuate between three and four stars; there are a number of poems in which I have no contextual foundation for understanding, but there are a few poems (Detailing the Nape and Prayer of the Backhanded) are absolutely tour de forces of poetic expression. I've had the pleasure of lis...

    A testament to the innovative and exploratory writers. Exploring his homosexuality, his race, family relationships, Brown delves into the dark side of humanity, attempting to find understanding and peace. Especially loved the poem "Tin Man." So many different ways to read it, none o...

    Jericho recently talked about the need for readers to write reviews, and I don't often remember to post reviews of poetry books, so that was a helpful nudge. This volume grabs you by the throat and places a hand on your chest to feel your beating heart. LISTEN, this book says. Read ...

  • Mia Tryst
    Aug 23, 2011

    Dear God, Please will hurt you - in a good way. It's a very physical and lyrical book of poetry that just goes right through you with one seamless poem followed by another. Think of an extended metaphor, music as the medium, in which we are allowed to experience the speaker's pain in b...

  • Renee Alberts
    Apr 28, 2011

    Dear God, Please will hurt you - in a good way. It's a very physical and lyrical book of poetry that just goes right through you with one seamless poem followed by another. Think of an extended metaphor, music as the medium, in which we are allowed to experience the speaker's pain in b...

    This poetry collection overwhelmed me. I can sense that there is something in there. Something. In there. I am confused. So instead of trying to give you a sense of what Jericho's poems are about, I will let the text on the back cover speak for itself:Please explores the points in our ...

    The Burning Bush Lizard?s shade turned torch, what thorns I bore Nomadic shepherds clipped. Still, I?ve stood, a soldier listening for the word, Attack, a prophet praying any ember be spoken Through me in this desert full of fugitives. Now, I have a voice. Entered, I am ...

    What gives most pleasure in this book is its willingness to struggle with identity, and to embrace the fact that struggle consists of actions that bring him closer to understanding. Or maybe a more appropriate way to say it is that the struggle makes him more fully human. ...

    I love this book because Jericho put some much love into it. Drawing from his personal experiences as well as his love of R&B, he's created quite a collection. ...

    There are three sections of poems in this book, with each section titled after a button on a stereo, though obviously they?re also words with resonance: REPEAT, and PAUSE, and POWER. Music, both as trope and as thing, the idea of song and actual songs and musicians, figure heavily. A...

    Jericho Brown is going to be a huge, big, voice in American poetry. Some sublime lines throughout the book, and, while I normally don't go for this, the performance oriented boldness of the poems gave it all the right kind of muscle. ...

    a lot to like, a brave book ...

    La experiencia poética parece atada, desde Rimbaud, a aquella imposible paradoja de lectura encapsulada en el "yo es otro". La experiencia de lectura, y toda lectura literaria es, en el fondo, una lectura poética, se atraviesa con ese sentido de la otredad, y debe, entonces, permitir...

    This was harder to read than his second book, grittier yet also more veiled. There were lines I shuddered at, from both pain at what he was saying and pleasure in how he could say it. But there is a rhythm to his work that draws me in. ...

    His writing is aggressive and beautiful, and the content of the poems is powerful and personal. Some poems slipped past me but overall a Work of Art. I should reread at a later point in my life. Favorite poem is for sure ?Herman Finley Is Dead.? ...

    Rereading. Heard him speak in Michigan in April. Sometimes you just need some poetic beauty - and pain - in your life. Still hearing his voice. ...

    jericho brown is absolutely incredible, especially when he reads his poetry live. ...

    Jericho Brown promises no revelations. His poems are tight, trimmed of excess, lyrical and lonely. I want to answer their questions Tell them the dead man?s name But I cannot identify the broken body. Even I don?t know who he is. His poems are home to the hardest questions...

    ?If the red sun rising makes a sound, / Let my voice be that sound.? Jericho Brown's voice is a whip. A deft delivery of poetry, Please is smart, sad, beautiful, musical. I love the way in which the Tracks organize the book and music informs the poems. Song of absence. Man as...

    Absolutely excellent poetry. There's something about the rhythm and lyricism of each of the poems that just makes them come alive. You never really know where each one is headed, and it's great to read them over and over, while still being able to pick up new things. A lot of the poems...

    Jericho Brown?s poetry collection Please is organized into four sections: Repeat, Pause, Power and Stop. Brown continues the musical theme throughout a cycle of poems whose titles are all numbered tracks and whose content references song lyrics. Other poems refer to characters from T...

  • Kent
    Dec 13, 2008

    Dear God, Please will hurt you - in a good way. It's a very physical and lyrical book of poetry that just goes right through you with one seamless poem followed by another. Think of an extended metaphor, music as the medium, in which we are allowed to experience the speaker's pain in b...

    This poetry collection overwhelmed me. I can sense that there is something in there. Something. In there. I am confused. So instead of trying to give you a sense of what Jericho's poems are about, I will let the text on the back cover speak for itself:Please explores the points in our ...

    The Burning Bush Lizard?s shade turned torch, what thorns I bore Nomadic shepherds clipped. Still, I?ve stood, a soldier listening for the word, Attack, a prophet praying any ember be spoken Through me in this desert full of fugitives. Now, I have a voice. Entered, I am ...

    What gives most pleasure in this book is its willingness to struggle with identity, and to embrace the fact that struggle consists of actions that bring him closer to understanding. Or maybe a more appropriate way to say it is that the struggle makes him more fully human. ...

  • James Grinwis
    Apr 16, 2012

    Dear God, Please will hurt you - in a good way. It's a very physical and lyrical book of poetry that just goes right through you with one seamless poem followed by another. Think of an extended metaphor, music as the medium, in which we are allowed to experience the speaker's pain in b...

    This poetry collection overwhelmed me. I can sense that there is something in there. Something. In there. I am confused. So instead of trying to give you a sense of what Jericho's poems are about, I will let the text on the back cover speak for itself:Please explores the points in our ...

    The Burning Bush Lizard?s shade turned torch, what thorns I bore Nomadic shepherds clipped. Still, I?ve stood, a soldier listening for the word, Attack, a prophet praying any ember be spoken Through me in this desert full of fugitives. Now, I have a voice. Entered, I am ...

    What gives most pleasure in this book is its willingness to struggle with identity, and to embrace the fact that struggle consists of actions that bring him closer to understanding. Or maybe a more appropriate way to say it is that the struggle makes him more fully human. ...

    I love this book because Jericho put some much love into it. Drawing from his personal experiences as well as his love of R&B, he's created quite a collection. ...

    There are three sections of poems in this book, with each section titled after a button on a stereo, though obviously they?re also words with resonance: REPEAT, and PAUSE, and POWER. Music, both as trope and as thing, the idea of song and actual songs and musicians, figure heavily. A...

    Jericho Brown is going to be a huge, big, voice in American poetry. Some sublime lines throughout the book, and, while I normally don't go for this, the performance oriented boldness of the poems gave it all the right kind of muscle. ...

  • James
    Jan 26, 2014

    Dear God, Please will hurt you - in a good way. It's a very physical and lyrical book of poetry that just goes right through you with one seamless poem followed by another. Think of an extended metaphor, music as the medium, in which we are allowed to experience the speaker's pain in b...

    This poetry collection overwhelmed me. I can sense that there is something in there. Something. In there. I am confused. So instead of trying to give you a sense of what Jericho's poems are about, I will let the text on the back cover speak for itself:Please explores the points in our ...

    The Burning Bush Lizard?s shade turned torch, what thorns I bore Nomadic shepherds clipped. Still, I?ve stood, a soldier listening for the word, Attack, a prophet praying any ember be spoken Through me in this desert full of fugitives. Now, I have a voice. Entered, I am ...

    What gives most pleasure in this book is its willingness to struggle with identity, and to embrace the fact that struggle consists of actions that bring him closer to understanding. Or maybe a more appropriate way to say it is that the struggle makes him more fully human. ...

    I love this book because Jericho put some much love into it. Drawing from his personal experiences as well as his love of R&B, he's created quite a collection. ...

    There are three sections of poems in this book, with each section titled after a button on a stereo, though obviously they?re also words with resonance: REPEAT, and PAUSE, and POWER. Music, both as trope and as thing, the idea of song and actual songs and musicians, figure heavily. A...

    Jericho Brown is going to be a huge, big, voice in American poetry. Some sublime lines throughout the book, and, while I normally don't go for this, the performance oriented boldness of the poems gave it all the right kind of muscle. ...

    a lot to like, a brave book ...

    La experiencia poética parece atada, desde Rimbaud, a aquella imposible paradoja de lectura encapsulada en el "yo es otro". La experiencia de lectura, y toda lectura literaria es, en el fondo, una lectura poética, se atraviesa con ese sentido de la otredad, y debe, entonces, permitir...

    This was harder to read than his second book, grittier yet also more veiled. There were lines I shuddered at, from both pain at what he was saying and pleasure in how he could say it. But there is a rhythm to his work that draws me in. ...

    His writing is aggressive and beautiful, and the content of the poems is powerful and personal. Some poems slipped past me but overall a Work of Art. I should reread at a later point in my life. Favorite poem is for sure ?Herman Finley Is Dead.? ...

    Rereading. Heard him speak in Michigan in April. Sometimes you just need some poetic beauty - and pain - in your life. Still hearing his voice. ...

    jericho brown is absolutely incredible, especially when he reads his poetry live. ...

    Jericho Brown promises no revelations. His poems are tight, trimmed of excess, lyrical and lonely. I want to answer their questions Tell them the dead man?s name But I cannot identify the broken body. Even I don?t know who he is. His poems are home to the hardest questions...

    ?If the red sun rising makes a sound, / Let my voice be that sound.? Jericho Brown's voice is a whip. A deft delivery of poetry, Please is smart, sad, beautiful, musical. I love the way in which the Tracks organize the book and music informs the poems. Song of absence. Man as...

    Absolutely excellent poetry. There's something about the rhythm and lyricism of each of the poems that just makes them come alive. You never really know where each one is headed, and it's great to read them over and over, while still being able to pick up new things. A lot of the poems...

    Jericho Brown?s poetry collection Please is organized into four sections: Repeat, Pause, Power and Stop. Brown continues the musical theme throughout a cycle of poems whose titles are all numbered tracks and whose content references song lyrics. Other poems refer to characters from T...

    This book shared a lot of resonating themes with another book I recently read (also published in 2008): James Allen Hall's Now You're the Enemy. This made me think about the effect of braiding in a poetry collection; pulsing back to topics and images to weave a story rather than marchi...

    Really fresh. Although the poems feel plainspoken and direct, Jericho Brown is okay with being occasionally oblique. While he retells stories of his hardworking family, his tough-loving parents, and an uneasy childhood--he also mixes in some sly commentary on the act of telling: "I sho...

  • Reginald
    Dec 09, 2008

    Dear God, Please will hurt you - in a good way. It's a very physical and lyrical book of poetry that just goes right through you with one seamless poem followed by another. Think of an extended metaphor, music as the medium, in which we are allowed to experience the speaker's pain in b...

    This poetry collection overwhelmed me. I can sense that there is something in there. Something. In there. I am confused. So instead of trying to give you a sense of what Jericho's poems are about, I will let the text on the back cover speak for itself:Please explores the points in our ...

    The Burning Bush Lizard?s shade turned torch, what thorns I bore Nomadic shepherds clipped. Still, I?ve stood, a soldier listening for the word, Attack, a prophet praying any ember be spoken Through me in this desert full of fugitives. Now, I have a voice. Entered, I am ...

    What gives most pleasure in this book is its willingness to struggle with identity, and to embrace the fact that struggle consists of actions that bring him closer to understanding. Or maybe a more appropriate way to say it is that the struggle makes him more fully human. ...

    I love this book because Jericho put some much love into it. Drawing from his personal experiences as well as his love of R&B, he's created quite a collection. ...

    There are three sections of poems in this book, with each section titled after a button on a stereo, though obviously they?re also words with resonance: REPEAT, and PAUSE, and POWER. Music, both as trope and as thing, the idea of song and actual songs and musicians, figure heavily. A...

    Jericho Brown is going to be a huge, big, voice in American poetry. Some sublime lines throughout the book, and, while I normally don't go for this, the performance oriented boldness of the poems gave it all the right kind of muscle. ...

    a lot to like, a brave book ...

    La experiencia poética parece atada, desde Rimbaud, a aquella imposible paradoja de lectura encapsulada en el "yo es otro". La experiencia de lectura, y toda lectura literaria es, en el fondo, una lectura poética, se atraviesa con ese sentido de la otredad, y debe, entonces, permitir...

    This was harder to read than his second book, grittier yet also more veiled. There were lines I shuddered at, from both pain at what he was saying and pleasure in how he could say it. But there is a rhythm to his work that draws me in. ...

    His writing is aggressive and beautiful, and the content of the poems is powerful and personal. Some poems slipped past me but overall a Work of Art. I should reread at a later point in my life. Favorite poem is for sure ?Herman Finley Is Dead.? ...

    Rereading. Heard him speak in Michigan in April. Sometimes you just need some poetic beauty - and pain - in your life. Still hearing his voice. ...

    jericho brown is absolutely incredible, especially when he reads his poetry live. ...

    Jericho Brown promises no revelations. His poems are tight, trimmed of excess, lyrical and lonely. I want to answer their questions Tell them the dead man?s name But I cannot identify the broken body. Even I don?t know who he is. His poems are home to the hardest questions...

    ?If the red sun rising makes a sound, / Let my voice be that sound.? Jericho Brown's voice is a whip. A deft delivery of poetry, Please is smart, sad, beautiful, musical. I love the way in which the Tracks organize the book and music informs the poems. Song of absence. Man as...

    Absolutely excellent poetry. There's something about the rhythm and lyricism of each of the poems that just makes them come alive. You never really know where each one is headed, and it's great to read them over and over, while still being able to pick up new things. A lot of the poems...

    Jericho Brown?s poetry collection Please is organized into four sections: Repeat, Pause, Power and Stop. Brown continues the musical theme throughout a cycle of poems whose titles are all numbered tracks and whose content references song lyrics. Other poems refer to characters from T...

    This book shared a lot of resonating themes with another book I recently read (also published in 2008): James Allen Hall's Now You're the Enemy. This made me think about the effect of braiding in a poetry collection; pulsing back to topics and images to weave a story rather than marchi...

    Really fresh. Although the poems feel plainspoken and direct, Jericho Brown is okay with being occasionally oblique. While he retells stories of his hardworking family, his tough-loving parents, and an uneasy childhood--he also mixes in some sly commentary on the act of telling: "I sho...

    You would not believe me if I told you/ I met a man called Joshua./ I am not a city nor a saint./ He knew where my body had been. This book is worth reading for "Burning Bush" alone, but there's so much texture to this book throughout. (I lowkey worried Jericho Brown needs/needed...

    I fluctuate between three and four stars; there are a number of poems in which I have no contextual foundation for understanding, but there are a few poems (Detailing the Nape and Prayer of the Backhanded) are absolutely tour de forces of poetic expression. I've had the pleasure of lis...

    A testament to the innovative and exploratory writers. Exploring his homosexuality, his race, family relationships, Brown delves into the dark side of humanity, attempting to find understanding and peace. Especially loved the poem "Tin Man." So many different ways to read it, none o...

    Jericho recently talked about the need for readers to write reviews, and I don't often remember to post reviews of poetry books, so that was a helpful nudge. This volume grabs you by the throat and places a hand on your chest to feel your beating heart. LISTEN, this book says. Read ...

    this is one of my favorite books in any genre. i carry it in my purse. lend it to students and make them promise to return it. these poems are so brave and honest. that's why i keep it with me. it reminds me to be fearless in my own work. ...

    Prepare for the 2010 Poets Forum in New York City (October 28-30) by reading Brown's newest book of poetry, and check out the Poets Forum 2010 bookshelf for the latest collections by each of the poets participating in the Poets Forum. Happy reading! ...

    Read this while vacationing at Hammonasset Beach this weekend. Really liked some of the poems, but had a hard time relating to most of them. ...

    I am with Terrance Hayes on this one--I could never say all I love about this book. ...

    Rich with all that is tender and raw. His work is very musical and sings off the page/your bones. Thanks to all those who recommended! ...

    This has got to be one of the best poetry collections I've read all year...Brown not only makes me wish I were a poet, he makes me wish I were a good poet...I heard music on these pages. ...

  • Heather
    Apr 30, 2009

    Dear God, Please will hurt you - in a good way. It's a very physical and lyrical book of poetry that just goes right through you with one seamless poem followed by another. Think of an extended metaphor, music as the medium, in which we are allowed to experience the speaker's pain in b...

    This poetry collection overwhelmed me. I can sense that there is something in there. Something. In there. I am confused. So instead of trying to give you a sense of what Jericho's poems are about, I will let the text on the back cover speak for itself:Please explores the points in our ...

    The Burning Bush Lizard?s shade turned torch, what thorns I bore Nomadic shepherds clipped. Still, I?ve stood, a soldier listening for the word, Attack, a prophet praying any ember be spoken Through me in this desert full of fugitives. Now, I have a voice. Entered, I am ...

    What gives most pleasure in this book is its willingness to struggle with identity, and to embrace the fact that struggle consists of actions that bring him closer to understanding. Or maybe a more appropriate way to say it is that the struggle makes him more fully human. ...

    I love this book because Jericho put some much love into it. Drawing from his personal experiences as well as his love of R&B, he's created quite a collection. ...

    There are three sections of poems in this book, with each section titled after a button on a stereo, though obviously they?re also words with resonance: REPEAT, and PAUSE, and POWER. Music, both as trope and as thing, the idea of song and actual songs and musicians, figure heavily. A...

  • Open Loop Press
    Apr 18, 2009

    Dear God, Please will hurt you - in a good way. It's a very physical and lyrical book of poetry that just goes right through you with one seamless poem followed by another. Think of an extended metaphor, music as the medium, in which we are allowed to experience the speaker's pain in b...

    This poetry collection overwhelmed me. I can sense that there is something in there. Something. In there. I am confused. So instead of trying to give you a sense of what Jericho's poems are about, I will let the text on the back cover speak for itself:Please explores the points in our ...

    The Burning Bush Lizard?s shade turned torch, what thorns I bore Nomadic shepherds clipped. Still, I?ve stood, a soldier listening for the word, Attack, a prophet praying any ember be spoken Through me in this desert full of fugitives. Now, I have a voice. Entered, I am ...

    What gives most pleasure in this book is its willingness to struggle with identity, and to embrace the fact that struggle consists of actions that bring him closer to understanding. Or maybe a more appropriate way to say it is that the struggle makes him more fully human. ...

    I love this book because Jericho put some much love into it. Drawing from his personal experiences as well as his love of R&B, he's created quite a collection. ...

    There are three sections of poems in this book, with each section titled after a button on a stereo, though obviously they?re also words with resonance: REPEAT, and PAUSE, and POWER. Music, both as trope and as thing, the idea of song and actual songs and musicians, figure heavily. A...

    Jericho Brown is going to be a huge, big, voice in American poetry. Some sublime lines throughout the book, and, while I normally don't go for this, the performance oriented boldness of the poems gave it all the right kind of muscle. ...

    a lot to like, a brave book ...

    La experiencia poética parece atada, desde Rimbaud, a aquella imposible paradoja de lectura encapsulada en el "yo es otro". La experiencia de lectura, y toda lectura literaria es, en el fondo, una lectura poética, se atraviesa con ese sentido de la otredad, y debe, entonces, permitir...

    This was harder to read than his second book, grittier yet also more veiled. There were lines I shuddered at, from both pain at what he was saying and pleasure in how he could say it. But there is a rhythm to his work that draws me in. ...

    His writing is aggressive and beautiful, and the content of the poems is powerful and personal. Some poems slipped past me but overall a Work of Art. I should reread at a later point in my life. Favorite poem is for sure ?Herman Finley Is Dead.? ...

    Rereading. Heard him speak in Michigan in April. Sometimes you just need some poetic beauty - and pain - in your life. Still hearing his voice. ...

    jericho brown is absolutely incredible, especially when he reads his poetry live. ...

    Jericho Brown promises no revelations. His poems are tight, trimmed of excess, lyrical and lonely. I want to answer their questions Tell them the dead man?s name But I cannot identify the broken body. Even I don?t know who he is. His poems are home to the hardest questions...

  • Jennifer Chapis
    Feb 02, 2009

    Dear God, Please will hurt you - in a good way. It's a very physical and lyrical book of poetry that just goes right through you with one seamless poem followed by another. Think of an extended metaphor, music as the medium, in which we are allowed to experience the speaker's pain in b...

    This poetry collection overwhelmed me. I can sense that there is something in there. Something. In there. I am confused. So instead of trying to give you a sense of what Jericho's poems are about, I will let the text on the back cover speak for itself:Please explores the points in our ...

    The Burning Bush Lizard?s shade turned torch, what thorns I bore Nomadic shepherds clipped. Still, I?ve stood, a soldier listening for the word, Attack, a prophet praying any ember be spoken Through me in this desert full of fugitives. Now, I have a voice. Entered, I am ...

    What gives most pleasure in this book is its willingness to struggle with identity, and to embrace the fact that struggle consists of actions that bring him closer to understanding. Or maybe a more appropriate way to say it is that the struggle makes him more fully human. ...

    I love this book because Jericho put some much love into it. Drawing from his personal experiences as well as his love of R&B, he's created quite a collection. ...

    There are three sections of poems in this book, with each section titled after a button on a stereo, though obviously they?re also words with resonance: REPEAT, and PAUSE, and POWER. Music, both as trope and as thing, the idea of song and actual songs and musicians, figure heavily. A...

    Jericho Brown is going to be a huge, big, voice in American poetry. Some sublime lines throughout the book, and, while I normally don't go for this, the performance oriented boldness of the poems gave it all the right kind of muscle. ...

    a lot to like, a brave book ...

    La experiencia poética parece atada, desde Rimbaud, a aquella imposible paradoja de lectura encapsulada en el "yo es otro". La experiencia de lectura, y toda lectura literaria es, en el fondo, una lectura poética, se atraviesa con ese sentido de la otredad, y debe, entonces, permitir...

    This was harder to read than his second book, grittier yet also more veiled. There were lines I shuddered at, from both pain at what he was saying and pleasure in how he could say it. But there is a rhythm to his work that draws me in. ...

    His writing is aggressive and beautiful, and the content of the poems is powerful and personal. Some poems slipped past me but overall a Work of Art. I should reread at a later point in my life. Favorite poem is for sure ?Herman Finley Is Dead.? ...

    Rereading. Heard him speak in Michigan in April. Sometimes you just need some poetic beauty - and pain - in your life. Still hearing his voice. ...

    jericho brown is absolutely incredible, especially when he reads his poetry live. ...

    Jericho Brown promises no revelations. His poems are tight, trimmed of excess, lyrical and lonely. I want to answer their questions Tell them the dead man?s name But I cannot identify the broken body. Even I don?t know who he is. His poems are home to the hardest questions...

    ?If the red sun rising makes a sound, / Let my voice be that sound.? Jericho Brown's voice is a whip. A deft delivery of poetry, Please is smart, sad, beautiful, musical. I love the way in which the Tracks organize the book and music informs the poems. Song of absence. Man as...

  • Saeed Jones
    Mar 29, 2009

    Dear God, Please will hurt you - in a good way. It's a very physical and lyrical book of poetry that just goes right through you with one seamless poem followed by another. Think of an extended metaphor, music as the medium, in which we are allowed to experience the speaker's pain in b...

    This poetry collection overwhelmed me. I can sense that there is something in there. Something. In there. I am confused. So instead of trying to give you a sense of what Jericho's poems are about, I will let the text on the back cover speak for itself:Please explores the points in our ...

    The Burning Bush Lizard?s shade turned torch, what thorns I bore Nomadic shepherds clipped. Still, I?ve stood, a soldier listening for the word, Attack, a prophet praying any ember be spoken Through me in this desert full of fugitives. Now, I have a voice. Entered, I am ...

    What gives most pleasure in this book is its willingness to struggle with identity, and to embrace the fact that struggle consists of actions that bring him closer to understanding. Or maybe a more appropriate way to say it is that the struggle makes him more fully human. ...

    I love this book because Jericho put some much love into it. Drawing from his personal experiences as well as his love of R&B, he's created quite a collection. ...

  • Justin
    Jul 07, 2011

    Dear God, Please will hurt you - in a good way. It's a very physical and lyrical book of poetry that just goes right through you with one seamless poem followed by another. Think of an extended metaphor, music as the medium, in which we are allowed to experience the speaker's pain in b...

    This poetry collection overwhelmed me. I can sense that there is something in there. Something. In there. I am confused. So instead of trying to give you a sense of what Jericho's poems are about, I will let the text on the back cover speak for itself:Please explores the points in our ...

    The Burning Bush Lizard?s shade turned torch, what thorns I bore Nomadic shepherds clipped. Still, I?ve stood, a soldier listening for the word, Attack, a prophet praying any ember be spoken Through me in this desert full of fugitives. Now, I have a voice. Entered, I am ...

    What gives most pleasure in this book is its willingness to struggle with identity, and to embrace the fact that struggle consists of actions that bring him closer to understanding. Or maybe a more appropriate way to say it is that the struggle makes him more fully human. ...

    I love this book because Jericho put some much love into it. Drawing from his personal experiences as well as his love of R&B, he's created quite a collection. ...

    There are three sections of poems in this book, with each section titled after a button on a stereo, though obviously they?re also words with resonance: REPEAT, and PAUSE, and POWER. Music, both as trope and as thing, the idea of song and actual songs and musicians, figure heavily. A...

    Jericho Brown is going to be a huge, big, voice in American poetry. Some sublime lines throughout the book, and, while I normally don't go for this, the performance oriented boldness of the poems gave it all the right kind of muscle. ...

    a lot to like, a brave book ...

    La experiencia poética parece atada, desde Rimbaud, a aquella imposible paradoja de lectura encapsulada en el "yo es otro". La experiencia de lectura, y toda lectura literaria es, en el fondo, una lectura poética, se atraviesa con ese sentido de la otredad, y debe, entonces, permitir...

    This was harder to read than his second book, grittier yet also more veiled. There were lines I shuddered at, from both pain at what he was saying and pleasure in how he could say it. But there is a rhythm to his work that draws me in. ...

    His writing is aggressive and beautiful, and the content of the poems is powerful and personal. Some poems slipped past me but overall a Work of Art. I should reread at a later point in my life. Favorite poem is for sure ?Herman Finley Is Dead.? ...

    Rereading. Heard him speak in Michigan in April. Sometimes you just need some poetic beauty - and pain - in your life. Still hearing his voice. ...

    jericho brown is absolutely incredible, especially when he reads his poetry live. ...

    Jericho Brown promises no revelations. His poems are tight, trimmed of excess, lyrical and lonely. I want to answer their questions Tell them the dead man?s name But I cannot identify the broken body. Even I don?t know who he is. His poems are home to the hardest questions...

    ?If the red sun rising makes a sound, / Let my voice be that sound.? Jericho Brown's voice is a whip. A deft delivery of poetry, Please is smart, sad, beautiful, musical. I love the way in which the Tracks organize the book and music informs the poems. Song of absence. Man as...

    Absolutely excellent poetry. There's something about the rhythm and lyricism of each of the poems that just makes them come alive. You never really know where each one is headed, and it's great to read them over and over, while still being able to pick up new things. A lot of the poems...

  • Frank Karioris
    Jun 02, 2017

    Dear God, Please will hurt you - in a good way. It's a very physical and lyrical book of poetry that just goes right through you with one seamless poem followed by another. Think of an extended metaphor, music as the medium, in which we are allowed to experience the speaker's pain in b...

    This poetry collection overwhelmed me. I can sense that there is something in there. Something. In there. I am confused. So instead of trying to give you a sense of what Jericho's poems are about, I will let the text on the back cover speak for itself:Please explores the points in our ...

    The Burning Bush Lizard?s shade turned torch, what thorns I bore Nomadic shepherds clipped. Still, I?ve stood, a soldier listening for the word, Attack, a prophet praying any ember be spoken Through me in this desert full of fugitives. Now, I have a voice. Entered, I am ...

    What gives most pleasure in this book is its willingness to struggle with identity, and to embrace the fact that struggle consists of actions that bring him closer to understanding. Or maybe a more appropriate way to say it is that the struggle makes him more fully human. ...

    I love this book because Jericho put some much love into it. Drawing from his personal experiences as well as his love of R&B, he's created quite a collection. ...

    There are three sections of poems in this book, with each section titled after a button on a stereo, though obviously they?re also words with resonance: REPEAT, and PAUSE, and POWER. Music, both as trope and as thing, the idea of song and actual songs and musicians, figure heavily. A...

    Jericho Brown is going to be a huge, big, voice in American poetry. Some sublime lines throughout the book, and, while I normally don't go for this, the performance oriented boldness of the poems gave it all the right kind of muscle. ...

    a lot to like, a brave book ...

    La experiencia poética parece atada, desde Rimbaud, a aquella imposible paradoja de lectura encapsulada en el "yo es otro". La experiencia de lectura, y toda lectura literaria es, en el fondo, una lectura poética, se atraviesa con ese sentido de la otredad, y debe, entonces, permitir...

    This was harder to read than his second book, grittier yet also more veiled. There were lines I shuddered at, from both pain at what he was saying and pleasure in how he could say it. But there is a rhythm to his work that draws me in. ...

    His writing is aggressive and beautiful, and the content of the poems is powerful and personal. Some poems slipped past me but overall a Work of Art. I should reread at a later point in my life. Favorite poem is for sure ?Herman Finley Is Dead.? ...

    Rereading. Heard him speak in Michigan in April. Sometimes you just need some poetic beauty - and pain - in your life. Still hearing his voice. ...

  • Poets.org from the Academy of American Poets
    Aug 25, 2010

    Dear God, Please will hurt you - in a good way. It's a very physical and lyrical book of poetry that just goes right through you with one seamless poem followed by another. Think of an extended metaphor, music as the medium, in which we are allowed to experience the speaker's pain in b...

    This poetry collection overwhelmed me. I can sense that there is something in there. Something. In there. I am confused. So instead of trying to give you a sense of what Jericho's poems are about, I will let the text on the back cover speak for itself:Please explores the points in our ...

    The Burning Bush Lizard?s shade turned torch, what thorns I bore Nomadic shepherds clipped. Still, I?ve stood, a soldier listening for the word, Attack, a prophet praying any ember be spoken Through me in this desert full of fugitives. Now, I have a voice. Entered, I am ...

    What gives most pleasure in this book is its willingness to struggle with identity, and to embrace the fact that struggle consists of actions that bring him closer to understanding. Or maybe a more appropriate way to say it is that the struggle makes him more fully human. ...

    I love this book because Jericho put some much love into it. Drawing from his personal experiences as well as his love of R&B, he's created quite a collection. ...

    There are three sections of poems in this book, with each section titled after a button on a stereo, though obviously they?re also words with resonance: REPEAT, and PAUSE, and POWER. Music, both as trope and as thing, the idea of song and actual songs and musicians, figure heavily. A...

    Jericho Brown is going to be a huge, big, voice in American poetry. Some sublime lines throughout the book, and, while I normally don't go for this, the performance oriented boldness of the poems gave it all the right kind of muscle. ...

    a lot to like, a brave book ...

    La experiencia poética parece atada, desde Rimbaud, a aquella imposible paradoja de lectura encapsulada en el "yo es otro". La experiencia de lectura, y toda lectura literaria es, en el fondo, una lectura poética, se atraviesa con ese sentido de la otredad, y debe, entonces, permitir...

    This was harder to read than his second book, grittier yet also more veiled. There were lines I shuddered at, from both pain at what he was saying and pleasure in how he could say it. But there is a rhythm to his work that draws me in. ...

    His writing is aggressive and beautiful, and the content of the poems is powerful and personal. Some poems slipped past me but overall a Work of Art. I should reread at a later point in my life. Favorite poem is for sure ?Herman Finley Is Dead.? ...

    Rereading. Heard him speak in Michigan in April. Sometimes you just need some poetic beauty - and pain - in your life. Still hearing his voice. ...

    jericho brown is absolutely incredible, especially when he reads his poetry live. ...

    Jericho Brown promises no revelations. His poems are tight, trimmed of excess, lyrical and lonely. I want to answer their questions Tell them the dead man?s name But I cannot identify the broken body. Even I don?t know who he is. His poems are home to the hardest questions...

    ?If the red sun rising makes a sound, / Let my voice be that sound.? Jericho Brown's voice is a whip. A deft delivery of poetry, Please is smart, sad, beautiful, musical. I love the way in which the Tracks organize the book and music informs the poems. Song of absence. Man as...

    Absolutely excellent poetry. There's something about the rhythm and lyricism of each of the poems that just makes them come alive. You never really know where each one is headed, and it's great to read them over and over, while still being able to pick up new things. A lot of the poems...

    Jericho Brown?s poetry collection Please is organized into four sections: Repeat, Pause, Power and Stop. Brown continues the musical theme throughout a cycle of poems whose titles are all numbered tracks and whose content references song lyrics. Other poems refer to characters from T...

    This book shared a lot of resonating themes with another book I recently read (also published in 2008): James Allen Hall's Now You're the Enemy. This made me think about the effect of braiding in a poetry collection; pulsing back to topics and images to weave a story rather than marchi...

    Really fresh. Although the poems feel plainspoken and direct, Jericho Brown is okay with being occasionally oblique. While he retells stories of his hardworking family, his tough-loving parents, and an uneasy childhood--he also mixes in some sly commentary on the act of telling: "I sho...

    You would not believe me if I told you/ I met a man called Joshua./ I am not a city nor a saint./ He knew where my body had been. This book is worth reading for "Burning Bush" alone, but there's so much texture to this book throughout. (I lowkey worried Jericho Brown needs/needed...

    I fluctuate between three and four stars; there are a number of poems in which I have no contextual foundation for understanding, but there are a few poems (Detailing the Nape and Prayer of the Backhanded) are absolutely tour de forces of poetic expression. I've had the pleasure of lis...

    A testament to the innovative and exploratory writers. Exploring his homosexuality, his race, family relationships, Brown delves into the dark side of humanity, attempting to find understanding and peace. Especially loved the poem "Tin Man." So many different ways to read it, none o...

    Jericho recently talked about the need for readers to write reviews, and I don't often remember to post reviews of poetry books, so that was a helpful nudge. This volume grabs you by the throat and places a hand on your chest to feel your beating heart. LISTEN, this book says. Read ...

    this is one of my favorite books in any genre. i carry it in my purse. lend it to students and make them promise to return it. these poems are so brave and honest. that's why i keep it with me. it reminds me to be fearless in my own work. ...

    Prepare for the 2010 Poets Forum in New York City (October 28-30) by reading Brown's newest book of poetry, and check out the Poets Forum 2010 bookshelf for the latest collections by each of the poets participating in the Poets Forum. Happy reading! ...

  • Patricia Murphy
    Aug 18, 2013

    Dear God, Please will hurt you - in a good way. It's a very physical and lyrical book of poetry that just goes right through you with one seamless poem followed by another. Think of an extended metaphor, music as the medium, in which we are allowed to experience the speaker's pain in b...

    This poetry collection overwhelmed me. I can sense that there is something in there. Something. In there. I am confused. So instead of trying to give you a sense of what Jericho's poems are about, I will let the text on the back cover speak for itself:Please explores the points in our ...

    The Burning Bush Lizard?s shade turned torch, what thorns I bore Nomadic shepherds clipped. Still, I?ve stood, a soldier listening for the word, Attack, a prophet praying any ember be spoken Through me in this desert full of fugitives. Now, I have a voice. Entered, I am ...

    What gives most pleasure in this book is its willingness to struggle with identity, and to embrace the fact that struggle consists of actions that bring him closer to understanding. Or maybe a more appropriate way to say it is that the struggle makes him more fully human. ...

    I love this book because Jericho put some much love into it. Drawing from his personal experiences as well as his love of R&B, he's created quite a collection. ...

    There are three sections of poems in this book, with each section titled after a button on a stereo, though obviously they?re also words with resonance: REPEAT, and PAUSE, and POWER. Music, both as trope and as thing, the idea of song and actual songs and musicians, figure heavily. A...

    Jericho Brown is going to be a huge, big, voice in American poetry. Some sublime lines throughout the book, and, while I normally don't go for this, the performance oriented boldness of the poems gave it all the right kind of muscle. ...

    a lot to like, a brave book ...

    La experiencia poética parece atada, desde Rimbaud, a aquella imposible paradoja de lectura encapsulada en el "yo es otro". La experiencia de lectura, y toda lectura literaria es, en el fondo, una lectura poética, se atraviesa con ese sentido de la otredad, y debe, entonces, permitir...

    This was harder to read than his second book, grittier yet also more veiled. There were lines I shuddered at, from both pain at what he was saying and pleasure in how he could say it. But there is a rhythm to his work that draws me in. ...

    His writing is aggressive and beautiful, and the content of the poems is powerful and personal. Some poems slipped past me but overall a Work of Art. I should reread at a later point in my life. Favorite poem is for sure ?Herman Finley Is Dead.? ...

    Rereading. Heard him speak in Michigan in April. Sometimes you just need some poetic beauty - and pain - in your life. Still hearing his voice. ...

    jericho brown is absolutely incredible, especially when he reads his poetry live. ...

    Jericho Brown promises no revelations. His poems are tight, trimmed of excess, lyrical and lonely. I want to answer their questions Tell them the dead man?s name But I cannot identify the broken body. Even I don?t know who he is. His poems are home to the hardest questions...

    ?If the red sun rising makes a sound, / Let my voice be that sound.? Jericho Brown's voice is a whip. A deft delivery of poetry, Please is smart, sad, beautiful, musical. I love the way in which the Tracks organize the book and music informs the poems. Song of absence. Man as...

    Absolutely excellent poetry. There's something about the rhythm and lyricism of each of the poems that just makes them come alive. You never really know where each one is headed, and it's great to read them over and over, while still being able to pick up new things. A lot of the poems...

    Jericho Brown?s poetry collection Please is organized into four sections: Repeat, Pause, Power and Stop. Brown continues the musical theme throughout a cycle of poems whose titles are all numbered tracks and whose content references song lyrics. Other poems refer to characters from T...

    This book shared a lot of resonating themes with another book I recently read (also published in 2008): James Allen Hall's Now You're the Enemy. This made me think about the effect of braiding in a poetry collection; pulsing back to topics and images to weave a story rather than marchi...

  • A. Hotzler
    Jul 21, 2013

    Dear God, Please will hurt you - in a good way. It's a very physical and lyrical book of poetry that just goes right through you with one seamless poem followed by another. Think of an extended metaphor, music as the medium, in which we are allowed to experience the speaker's pain in b...

    This poetry collection overwhelmed me. I can sense that there is something in there. Something. In there. I am confused. So instead of trying to give you a sense of what Jericho's poems are about, I will let the text on the back cover speak for itself:Please explores the points in our ...

    The Burning Bush Lizard?s shade turned torch, what thorns I bore Nomadic shepherds clipped. Still, I?ve stood, a soldier listening for the word, Attack, a prophet praying any ember be spoken Through me in this desert full of fugitives. Now, I have a voice. Entered, I am ...

    What gives most pleasure in this book is its willingness to struggle with identity, and to embrace the fact that struggle consists of actions that bring him closer to understanding. Or maybe a more appropriate way to say it is that the struggle makes him more fully human. ...

    I love this book because Jericho put some much love into it. Drawing from his personal experiences as well as his love of R&B, he's created quite a collection. ...

    There are three sections of poems in this book, with each section titled after a button on a stereo, though obviously they?re also words with resonance: REPEAT, and PAUSE, and POWER. Music, both as trope and as thing, the idea of song and actual songs and musicians, figure heavily. A...

    Jericho Brown is going to be a huge, big, voice in American poetry. Some sublime lines throughout the book, and, while I normally don't go for this, the performance oriented boldness of the poems gave it all the right kind of muscle. ...

    a lot to like, a brave book ...

    La experiencia poética parece atada, desde Rimbaud, a aquella imposible paradoja de lectura encapsulada en el "yo es otro". La experiencia de lectura, y toda lectura literaria es, en el fondo, una lectura poética, se atraviesa con ese sentido de la otredad, y debe, entonces, permitir...

    This was harder to read than his second book, grittier yet also more veiled. There were lines I shuddered at, from both pain at what he was saying and pleasure in how he could say it. But there is a rhythm to his work that draws me in. ...

    His writing is aggressive and beautiful, and the content of the poems is powerful and personal. Some poems slipped past me but overall a Work of Art. I should reread at a later point in my life. Favorite poem is for sure ?Herman Finley Is Dead.? ...

    Rereading. Heard him speak in Michigan in April. Sometimes you just need some poetic beauty - and pain - in your life. Still hearing his voice. ...

    jericho brown is absolutely incredible, especially when he reads his poetry live. ...

    Jericho Brown promises no revelations. His poems are tight, trimmed of excess, lyrical and lonely. I want to answer their questions Tell them the dead man?s name But I cannot identify the broken body. Even I don?t know who he is. His poems are home to the hardest questions...

    ?If the red sun rising makes a sound, / Let my voice be that sound.? Jericho Brown's voice is a whip. A deft delivery of poetry, Please is smart, sad, beautiful, musical. I love the way in which the Tracks organize the book and music informs the poems. Song of absence. Man as...

    Absolutely excellent poetry. There's something about the rhythm and lyricism of each of the poems that just makes them come alive. You never really know where each one is headed, and it's great to read them over and over, while still being able to pick up new things. A lot of the poems...

    Jericho Brown?s poetry collection Please is organized into four sections: Repeat, Pause, Power and Stop. Brown continues the musical theme throughout a cycle of poems whose titles are all numbered tracks and whose content references song lyrics. Other poems refer to characters from T...

    This book shared a lot of resonating themes with another book I recently read (also published in 2008): James Allen Hall's Now You're the Enemy. This made me think about the effect of braiding in a poetry collection; pulsing back to topics and images to weave a story rather than marchi...

    Really fresh. Although the poems feel plainspoken and direct, Jericho Brown is okay with being occasionally oblique. While he retells stories of his hardworking family, his tough-loving parents, and an uneasy childhood--he also mixes in some sly commentary on the act of telling: "I sho...

    You would not believe me if I told you/ I met a man called Joshua./ I am not a city nor a saint./ He knew where my body had been. This book is worth reading for "Burning Bush" alone, but there's so much texture to this book throughout. (I lowkey worried Jericho Brown needs/needed...

    I fluctuate between three and four stars; there are a number of poems in which I have no contextual foundation for understanding, but there are a few poems (Detailing the Nape and Prayer of the Backhanded) are absolutely tour de forces of poetic expression. I've had the pleasure of lis...

  • Christopher
    Aug 21, 2011

    Dear God, Please will hurt you - in a good way. It's a very physical and lyrical book of poetry that just goes right through you with one seamless poem followed by another. Think of an extended metaphor, music as the medium, in which we are allowed to experience the speaker's pain in b...

    This poetry collection overwhelmed me. I can sense that there is something in there. Something. In there. I am confused. So instead of trying to give you a sense of what Jericho's poems are about, I will let the text on the back cover speak for itself:Please explores the points in our ...

    The Burning Bush Lizard?s shade turned torch, what thorns I bore Nomadic shepherds clipped. Still, I?ve stood, a soldier listening for the word, Attack, a prophet praying any ember be spoken Through me in this desert full of fugitives. Now, I have a voice. Entered, I am ...

    What gives most pleasure in this book is its willingness to struggle with identity, and to embrace the fact that struggle consists of actions that bring him closer to understanding. Or maybe a more appropriate way to say it is that the struggle makes him more fully human. ...

    I love this book because Jericho put some much love into it. Drawing from his personal experiences as well as his love of R&B, he's created quite a collection. ...

    There are three sections of poems in this book, with each section titled after a button on a stereo, though obviously they?re also words with resonance: REPEAT, and PAUSE, and POWER. Music, both as trope and as thing, the idea of song and actual songs and musicians, figure heavily. A...

    Jericho Brown is going to be a huge, big, voice in American poetry. Some sublime lines throughout the book, and, while I normally don't go for this, the performance oriented boldness of the poems gave it all the right kind of muscle. ...

    a lot to like, a brave book ...

    La experiencia poética parece atada, desde Rimbaud, a aquella imposible paradoja de lectura encapsulada en el "yo es otro". La experiencia de lectura, y toda lectura literaria es, en el fondo, una lectura poética, se atraviesa con ese sentido de la otredad, y debe, entonces, permitir...

    This was harder to read than his second book, grittier yet also more veiled. There were lines I shuddered at, from both pain at what he was saying and pleasure in how he could say it. But there is a rhythm to his work that draws me in. ...

    His writing is aggressive and beautiful, and the content of the poems is powerful and personal. Some poems slipped past me but overall a Work of Art. I should reread at a later point in my life. Favorite poem is for sure ?Herman Finley Is Dead.? ...

    Rereading. Heard him speak in Michigan in April. Sometimes you just need some poetic beauty - and pain - in your life. Still hearing his voice. ...

    jericho brown is absolutely incredible, especially when he reads his poetry live. ...

    Jericho Brown promises no revelations. His poems are tight, trimmed of excess, lyrical and lonely. I want to answer their questions Tell them the dead man?s name But I cannot identify the broken body. Even I don?t know who he is. His poems are home to the hardest questions...

    ?If the red sun rising makes a sound, / Let my voice be that sound.? Jericho Brown's voice is a whip. A deft delivery of poetry, Please is smart, sad, beautiful, musical. I love the way in which the Tracks organize the book and music informs the poems. Song of absence. Man as...

    Absolutely excellent poetry. There's something about the rhythm and lyricism of each of the poems that just makes them come alive. You never really know where each one is headed, and it's great to read them over and over, while still being able to pick up new things. A lot of the poems...

    Jericho Brown?s poetry collection Please is organized into four sections: Repeat, Pause, Power and Stop. Brown continues the musical theme throughout a cycle of poems whose titles are all numbered tracks and whose content references song lyrics. Other poems refer to characters from T...

    This book shared a lot of resonating themes with another book I recently read (also published in 2008): James Allen Hall's Now You're the Enemy. This made me think about the effect of braiding in a poetry collection; pulsing back to topics and images to weave a story rather than marchi...

    Really fresh. Although the poems feel plainspoken and direct, Jericho Brown is okay with being occasionally oblique. While he retells stories of his hardworking family, his tough-loving parents, and an uneasy childhood--he also mixes in some sly commentary on the act of telling: "I sho...

    You would not believe me if I told you/ I met a man called Joshua./ I am not a city nor a saint./ He knew where my body had been. This book is worth reading for "Burning Bush" alone, but there's so much texture to this book throughout. (I lowkey worried Jericho Brown needs/needed...

    I fluctuate between three and four stars; there are a number of poems in which I have no contextual foundation for understanding, but there are a few poems (Detailing the Nape and Prayer of the Backhanded) are absolutely tour de forces of poetic expression. I've had the pleasure of lis...

    A testament to the innovative and exploratory writers. Exploring his homosexuality, his race, family relationships, Brown delves into the dark side of humanity, attempting to find understanding and peace. Especially loved the poem "Tin Man." So many different ways to read it, none o...

    Jericho recently talked about the need for readers to write reviews, and I don't often remember to post reviews of poetry books, so that was a helpful nudge. This volume grabs you by the throat and places a hand on your chest to feel your beating heart. LISTEN, this book says. Read ...

    this is one of my favorite books in any genre. i carry it in my purse. lend it to students and make them promise to return it. these poems are so brave and honest. that's why i keep it with me. it reminds me to be fearless in my own work. ...

    Prepare for the 2010 Poets Forum in New York City (October 28-30) by reading Brown's newest book of poetry, and check out the Poets Forum 2010 bookshelf for the latest collections by each of the poets participating in the Poets Forum. Happy reading! ...

    Read this while vacationing at Hammonasset Beach this weekend. Really liked some of the poems, but had a hard time relating to most of them. ...

  • Thilardiel
    Aug 06, 2011

    Dear God, Please will hurt you - in a good way. It's a very physical and lyrical book of poetry that just goes right through you with one seamless poem followed by another. Think of an extended metaphor, music as the medium, in which we are allowed to experience the speaker's pain in b...

    This poetry collection overwhelmed me. I can sense that there is something in there. Something. In there. I am confused. So instead of trying to give you a sense of what Jericho's poems are about, I will let the text on the back cover speak for itself:Please explores the points in our ...

    The Burning Bush Lizard?s shade turned torch, what thorns I bore Nomadic shepherds clipped. Still, I?ve stood, a soldier listening for the word, Attack, a prophet praying any ember be spoken Through me in this desert full of fugitives. Now, I have a voice. Entered, I am ...

    What gives most pleasure in this book is its willingness to struggle with identity, and to embrace the fact that struggle consists of actions that bring him closer to understanding. Or maybe a more appropriate way to say it is that the struggle makes him more fully human. ...

    I love this book because Jericho put some much love into it. Drawing from his personal experiences as well as his love of R&B, he's created quite a collection. ...

    There are three sections of poems in this book, with each section titled after a button on a stereo, though obviously they?re also words with resonance: REPEAT, and PAUSE, and POWER. Music, both as trope and as thing, the idea of song and actual songs and musicians, figure heavily. A...

    Jericho Brown is going to be a huge, big, voice in American poetry. Some sublime lines throughout the book, and, while I normally don't go for this, the performance oriented boldness of the poems gave it all the right kind of muscle. ...

    a lot to like, a brave book ...

    La experiencia poética parece atada, desde Rimbaud, a aquella imposible paradoja de lectura encapsulada en el "yo es otro". La experiencia de lectura, y toda lectura literaria es, en el fondo, una lectura poética, se atraviesa con ese sentido de la otredad, y debe, entonces, permitir...

    This was harder to read than his second book, grittier yet also more veiled. There were lines I shuddered at, from both pain at what he was saying and pleasure in how he could say it. But there is a rhythm to his work that draws me in. ...

    His writing is aggressive and beautiful, and the content of the poems is powerful and personal. Some poems slipped past me but overall a Work of Art. I should reread at a later point in my life. Favorite poem is for sure ?Herman Finley Is Dead.? ...

    Rereading. Heard him speak in Michigan in April. Sometimes you just need some poetic beauty - and pain - in your life. Still hearing his voice. ...

    jericho brown is absolutely incredible, especially when he reads his poetry live. ...

    Jericho Brown promises no revelations. His poems are tight, trimmed of excess, lyrical and lonely. I want to answer their questions Tell them the dead man?s name But I cannot identify the broken body. Even I don?t know who he is. His poems are home to the hardest questions...

    ?If the red sun rising makes a sound, / Let my voice be that sound.? Jericho Brown's voice is a whip. A deft delivery of poetry, Please is smart, sad, beautiful, musical. I love the way in which the Tracks organize the book and music informs the poems. Song of absence. Man as...

    Absolutely excellent poetry. There's something about the rhythm and lyricism of each of the poems that just makes them come alive. You never really know where each one is headed, and it's great to read them over and over, while still being able to pick up new things. A lot of the poems...

    Jericho Brown?s poetry collection Please is organized into four sections: Repeat, Pause, Power and Stop. Brown continues the musical theme throughout a cycle of poems whose titles are all numbered tracks and whose content references song lyrics. Other poems refer to characters from T...

    This book shared a lot of resonating themes with another book I recently read (also published in 2008): James Allen Hall's Now You're the Enemy. This made me think about the effect of braiding in a poetry collection; pulsing back to topics and images to weave a story rather than marchi...

    Really fresh. Although the poems feel plainspoken and direct, Jericho Brown is okay with being occasionally oblique. While he retells stories of his hardworking family, his tough-loving parents, and an uneasy childhood--he also mixes in some sly commentary on the act of telling: "I sho...

    You would not believe me if I told you/ I met a man called Joshua./ I am not a city nor a saint./ He knew where my body had been. This book is worth reading for "Burning Bush" alone, but there's so much texture to this book throughout. (I lowkey worried Jericho Brown needs/needed...

    I fluctuate between three and four stars; there are a number of poems in which I have no contextual foundation for understanding, but there are a few poems (Detailing the Nape and Prayer of the Backhanded) are absolutely tour de forces of poetic expression. I've had the pleasure of lis...

    A testament to the innovative and exploratory writers. Exploring his homosexuality, his race, family relationships, Brown delves into the dark side of humanity, attempting to find understanding and peace. Especially loved the poem "Tin Man." So many different ways to read it, none o...

    Jericho recently talked about the need for readers to write reviews, and I don't often remember to post reviews of poetry books, so that was a helpful nudge. This volume grabs you by the throat and places a hand on your chest to feel your beating heart. LISTEN, this book says. Read ...

    this is one of my favorite books in any genre. i carry it in my purse. lend it to students and make them promise to return it. these poems are so brave and honest. that's why i keep it with me. it reminds me to be fearless in my own work. ...

    Prepare for the 2010 Poets Forum in New York City (October 28-30) by reading Brown's newest book of poetry, and check out the Poets Forum 2010 bookshelf for the latest collections by each of the poets participating in the Poets Forum. Happy reading! ...

    Read this while vacationing at Hammonasset Beach this weekend. Really liked some of the poems, but had a hard time relating to most of them. ...

    I am with Terrance Hayes on this one--I could never say all I love about this book. ...

  • Laura
    Apr 09, 2013

    Dear God, Please will hurt you - in a good way. It's a very physical and lyrical book of poetry that just goes right through you with one seamless poem followed by another. Think of an extended metaphor, music as the medium, in which we are allowed to experience the speaker's pain in b...

    This poetry collection overwhelmed me. I can sense that there is something in there. Something. In there. I am confused. So instead of trying to give you a sense of what Jericho's poems are about, I will let the text on the back cover speak for itself:Please explores the points in our ...

    The Burning Bush Lizard?s shade turned torch, what thorns I bore Nomadic shepherds clipped. Still, I?ve stood, a soldier listening for the word, Attack, a prophet praying any ember be spoken Through me in this desert full of fugitives. Now, I have a voice. Entered, I am ...

  • Doralee Brooks
    May 29, 2012

    Dear God, Please will hurt you - in a good way. It's a very physical and lyrical book of poetry that just goes right through you with one seamless poem followed by another. Think of an extended metaphor, music as the medium, in which we are allowed to experience the speaker's pain in b...

    This poetry collection overwhelmed me. I can sense that there is something in there. Something. In there. I am confused. So instead of trying to give you a sense of what Jericho's poems are about, I will let the text on the back cover speak for itself:Please explores the points in our ...

    The Burning Bush Lizard?s shade turned torch, what thorns I bore Nomadic shepherds clipped. Still, I?ve stood, a soldier listening for the word, Attack, a prophet praying any ember be spoken Through me in this desert full of fugitives. Now, I have a voice. Entered, I am ...

    What gives most pleasure in this book is its willingness to struggle with identity, and to embrace the fact that struggle consists of actions that bring him closer to understanding. Or maybe a more appropriate way to say it is that the struggle makes him more fully human. ...

    I love this book because Jericho put some much love into it. Drawing from his personal experiences as well as his love of R&B, he's created quite a collection. ...

    There are three sections of poems in this book, with each section titled after a button on a stereo, though obviously they?re also words with resonance: REPEAT, and PAUSE, and POWER. Music, both as trope and as thing, the idea of song and actual songs and musicians, figure heavily. A...

    Jericho Brown is going to be a huge, big, voice in American poetry. Some sublime lines throughout the book, and, while I normally don't go for this, the performance oriented boldness of the poems gave it all the right kind of muscle. ...

    a lot to like, a brave book ...

    La experiencia poética parece atada, desde Rimbaud, a aquella imposible paradoja de lectura encapsulada en el "yo es otro". La experiencia de lectura, y toda lectura literaria es, en el fondo, una lectura poética, se atraviesa con ese sentido de la otredad, y debe, entonces, permitir...

    This was harder to read than his second book, grittier yet also more veiled. There were lines I shuddered at, from both pain at what he was saying and pleasure in how he could say it. But there is a rhythm to his work that draws me in. ...

    His writing is aggressive and beautiful, and the content of the poems is powerful and personal. Some poems slipped past me but overall a Work of Art. I should reread at a later point in my life. Favorite poem is for sure ?Herman Finley Is Dead.? ...

    Rereading. Heard him speak in Michigan in April. Sometimes you just need some poetic beauty - and pain - in your life. Still hearing his voice. ...

    jericho brown is absolutely incredible, especially when he reads his poetry live. ...

    Jericho Brown promises no revelations. His poems are tight, trimmed of excess, lyrical and lonely. I want to answer their questions Tell them the dead man?s name But I cannot identify the broken body. Even I don?t know who he is. His poems are home to the hardest questions...

    ?If the red sun rising makes a sound, / Let my voice be that sound.? Jericho Brown's voice is a whip. A deft delivery of poetry, Please is smart, sad, beautiful, musical. I love the way in which the Tracks organize the book and music informs the poems. Song of absence. Man as...

    Absolutely excellent poetry. There's something about the rhythm and lyricism of each of the poems that just makes them come alive. You never really know where each one is headed, and it's great to read them over and over, while still being able to pick up new things. A lot of the poems...

    Jericho Brown?s poetry collection Please is organized into four sections: Repeat, Pause, Power and Stop. Brown continues the musical theme throughout a cycle of poems whose titles are all numbered tracks and whose content references song lyrics. Other poems refer to characters from T...

    This book shared a lot of resonating themes with another book I recently read (also published in 2008): James Allen Hall's Now You're the Enemy. This made me think about the effect of braiding in a poetry collection; pulsing back to topics and images to weave a story rather than marchi...

    Really fresh. Although the poems feel plainspoken and direct, Jericho Brown is okay with being occasionally oblique. While he retells stories of his hardworking family, his tough-loving parents, and an uneasy childhood--he also mixes in some sly commentary on the act of telling: "I sho...

    You would not believe me if I told you/ I met a man called Joshua./ I am not a city nor a saint./ He knew where my body had been. This book is worth reading for "Burning Bush" alone, but there's so much texture to this book throughout. (I lowkey worried Jericho Brown needs/needed...

    I fluctuate between three and four stars; there are a number of poems in which I have no contextual foundation for understanding, but there are a few poems (Detailing the Nape and Prayer of the Backhanded) are absolutely tour de forces of poetic expression. I've had the pleasure of lis...

    A testament to the innovative and exploratory writers. Exploring his homosexuality, his race, family relationships, Brown delves into the dark side of humanity, attempting to find understanding and peace. Especially loved the poem "Tin Man." So many different ways to read it, none o...

    Jericho recently talked about the need for readers to write reviews, and I don't often remember to post reviews of poetry books, so that was a helpful nudge. This volume grabs you by the throat and places a hand on your chest to feel your beating heart. LISTEN, this book says. Read ...

    this is one of my favorite books in any genre. i carry it in my purse. lend it to students and make them promise to return it. these poems are so brave and honest. that's why i keep it with me. it reminds me to be fearless in my own work. ...

    Prepare for the 2010 Poets Forum in New York City (October 28-30) by reading Brown's newest book of poetry, and check out the Poets Forum 2010 bookshelf for the latest collections by each of the poets participating in the Poets Forum. Happy reading! ...

    Read this while vacationing at Hammonasset Beach this weekend. Really liked some of the poems, but had a hard time relating to most of them. ...

    I am with Terrance Hayes on this one--I could never say all I love about this book. ...

    Rich with all that is tender and raw. His work is very musical and sings off the page/your bones. Thanks to all those who recommended! ...

    This has got to be one of the best poetry collections I've read all year...Brown not only makes me wish I were a poet, he makes me wish I were a good poet...I heard music on these pages. ...

    This is an extraordinary book. The range of theme and form is dizzying, and the language, magnificent. ...

  • Derrick Carr
    Jan 04, 2016

    Dear God, Please will hurt you - in a good way. It's a very physical and lyrical book of poetry that just goes right through you with one seamless poem followed by another. Think of an extended metaphor, music as the medium, in which we are allowed to experience the speaker's pain in b...

    This poetry collection overwhelmed me. I can sense that there is something in there. Something. In there. I am confused. So instead of trying to give you a sense of what Jericho's poems are about, I will let the text on the back cover speak for itself:Please explores the points in our ...

    The Burning Bush Lizard?s shade turned torch, what thorns I bore Nomadic shepherds clipped. Still, I?ve stood, a soldier listening for the word, Attack, a prophet praying any ember be spoken Through me in this desert full of fugitives. Now, I have a voice. Entered, I am ...

    What gives most pleasure in this book is its willingness to struggle with identity, and to embrace the fact that struggle consists of actions that bring him closer to understanding. Or maybe a more appropriate way to say it is that the struggle makes him more fully human. ...

    I love this book because Jericho put some much love into it. Drawing from his personal experiences as well as his love of R&B, he's created quite a collection. ...

    There are three sections of poems in this book, with each section titled after a button on a stereo, though obviously they?re also words with resonance: REPEAT, and PAUSE, and POWER. Music, both as trope and as thing, the idea of song and actual songs and musicians, figure heavily. A...

    Jericho Brown is going to be a huge, big, voice in American poetry. Some sublime lines throughout the book, and, while I normally don't go for this, the performance oriented boldness of the poems gave it all the right kind of muscle. ...

    a lot to like, a brave book ...

    La experiencia poética parece atada, desde Rimbaud, a aquella imposible paradoja de lectura encapsulada en el "yo es otro". La experiencia de lectura, y toda lectura literaria es, en el fondo, una lectura poética, se atraviesa con ese sentido de la otredad, y debe, entonces, permitir...

    This was harder to read than his second book, grittier yet also more veiled. There were lines I shuddered at, from both pain at what he was saying and pleasure in how he could say it. But there is a rhythm to his work that draws me in. ...

    His writing is aggressive and beautiful, and the content of the poems is powerful and personal. Some poems slipped past me but overall a Work of Art. I should reread at a later point in my life. Favorite poem is for sure ?Herman Finley Is Dead.? ...

    Rereading. Heard him speak in Michigan in April. Sometimes you just need some poetic beauty - and pain - in your life. Still hearing his voice. ...

    jericho brown is absolutely incredible, especially when he reads his poetry live. ...

    Jericho Brown promises no revelations. His poems are tight, trimmed of excess, lyrical and lonely. I want to answer their questions Tell them the dead man?s name But I cannot identify the broken body. Even I don?t know who he is. His poems are home to the hardest questions...

    ?If the red sun rising makes a sound, / Let my voice be that sound.? Jericho Brown's voice is a whip. A deft delivery of poetry, Please is smart, sad, beautiful, musical. I love the way in which the Tracks organize the book and music informs the poems. Song of absence. Man as...

    Absolutely excellent poetry. There's something about the rhythm and lyricism of each of the poems that just makes them come alive. You never really know where each one is headed, and it's great to read them over and over, while still being able to pick up new things. A lot of the poems...

    Jericho Brown?s poetry collection Please is organized into four sections: Repeat, Pause, Power and Stop. Brown continues the musical theme throughout a cycle of poems whose titles are all numbered tracks and whose content references song lyrics. Other poems refer to characters from T...

    This book shared a lot of resonating themes with another book I recently read (also published in 2008): James Allen Hall's Now You're the Enemy. This made me think about the effect of braiding in a poetry collection; pulsing back to topics and images to weave a story rather than marchi...

    Really fresh. Although the poems feel plainspoken and direct, Jericho Brown is okay with being occasionally oblique. While he retells stories of his hardworking family, his tough-loving parents, and an uneasy childhood--he also mixes in some sly commentary on the act of telling: "I sho...

    You would not believe me if I told you/ I met a man called Joshua./ I am not a city nor a saint./ He knew where my body had been. This book is worth reading for "Burning Bush" alone, but there's so much texture to this book throughout. (I lowkey worried Jericho Brown needs/needed...

  • Bitchin' Reads
    Feb 27, 2014

    Dear God, Please will hurt you - in a good way. It's a very physical and lyrical book of poetry that just goes right through you with one seamless poem followed by another. Think of an extended metaphor, music as the medium, in which we are allowed to experience the speaker's pain in b...

    This poetry collection overwhelmed me. I can sense that there is something in there. Something. In there. I am confused. So instead of trying to give you a sense of what Jericho's poems are about, I will let the text on the back cover speak for itself:Please explores the points in our ...

    The Burning Bush Lizard?s shade turned torch, what thorns I bore Nomadic shepherds clipped. Still, I?ve stood, a soldier listening for the word, Attack, a prophet praying any ember be spoken Through me in this desert full of fugitives. Now, I have a voice. Entered, I am ...

    What gives most pleasure in this book is its willingness to struggle with identity, and to embrace the fact that struggle consists of actions that bring him closer to understanding. Or maybe a more appropriate way to say it is that the struggle makes him more fully human. ...

    I love this book because Jericho put some much love into it. Drawing from his personal experiences as well as his love of R&B, he's created quite a collection. ...

    There are three sections of poems in this book, with each section titled after a button on a stereo, though obviously they?re also words with resonance: REPEAT, and PAUSE, and POWER. Music, both as trope and as thing, the idea of song and actual songs and musicians, figure heavily. A...

    Jericho Brown is going to be a huge, big, voice in American poetry. Some sublime lines throughout the book, and, while I normally don't go for this, the performance oriented boldness of the poems gave it all the right kind of muscle. ...

    a lot to like, a brave book ...

    La experiencia poética parece atada, desde Rimbaud, a aquella imposible paradoja de lectura encapsulada en el "yo es otro". La experiencia de lectura, y toda lectura literaria es, en el fondo, una lectura poética, se atraviesa con ese sentido de la otredad, y debe, entonces, permitir...

    This was harder to read than his second book, grittier yet also more veiled. There were lines I shuddered at, from both pain at what he was saying and pleasure in how he could say it. But there is a rhythm to his work that draws me in. ...

    His writing is aggressive and beautiful, and the content of the poems is powerful and personal. Some poems slipped past me but overall a Work of Art. I should reread at a later point in my life. Favorite poem is for sure ?Herman Finley Is Dead.? ...

    Rereading. Heard him speak in Michigan in April. Sometimes you just need some poetic beauty - and pain - in your life. Still hearing his voice. ...

    jericho brown is absolutely incredible, especially when he reads his poetry live. ...

    Jericho Brown promises no revelations. His poems are tight, trimmed of excess, lyrical and lonely. I want to answer their questions Tell them the dead man?s name But I cannot identify the broken body. Even I don?t know who he is. His poems are home to the hardest questions...

    ?If the red sun rising makes a sound, / Let my voice be that sound.? Jericho Brown's voice is a whip. A deft delivery of poetry, Please is smart, sad, beautiful, musical. I love the way in which the Tracks organize the book and music informs the poems. Song of absence. Man as...

    Absolutely excellent poetry. There's something about the rhythm and lyricism of each of the poems that just makes them come alive. You never really know where each one is headed, and it's great to read them over and over, while still being able to pick up new things. A lot of the poems...

    Jericho Brown?s poetry collection Please is organized into four sections: Repeat, Pause, Power and Stop. Brown continues the musical theme throughout a cycle of poems whose titles are all numbered tracks and whose content references song lyrics. Other poems refer to characters from T...

    This book shared a lot of resonating themes with another book I recently read (also published in 2008): James Allen Hall's Now You're the Enemy. This made me think about the effect of braiding in a poetry collection; pulsing back to topics and images to weave a story rather than marchi...

    Really fresh. Although the poems feel plainspoken and direct, Jericho Brown is okay with being occasionally oblique. While he retells stories of his hardworking family, his tough-loving parents, and an uneasy childhood--he also mixes in some sly commentary on the act of telling: "I sho...

    You would not believe me if I told you/ I met a man called Joshua./ I am not a city nor a saint./ He knew where my body had been. This book is worth reading for "Burning Bush" alone, but there's so much texture to this book throughout. (I lowkey worried Jericho Brown needs/needed...

    I fluctuate between three and four stars; there are a number of poems in which I have no contextual foundation for understanding, but there are a few poems (Detailing the Nape and Prayer of the Backhanded) are absolutely tour de forces of poetic expression. I've had the pleasure of lis...

    A testament to the innovative and exploratory writers. Exploring his homosexuality, his race, family relationships, Brown delves into the dark side of humanity, attempting to find understanding and peace. Especially loved the poem "Tin Man." So many different ways to read it, none o...

  • alex
    Dec 03, 2016

    Dear God, Please will hurt you - in a good way. It's a very physical and lyrical book of poetry that just goes right through you with one seamless poem followed by another. Think of an extended metaphor, music as the medium, in which we are allowed to experience the speaker's pain in b...

    This poetry collection overwhelmed me. I can sense that there is something in there. Something. In there. I am confused. So instead of trying to give you a sense of what Jericho's poems are about, I will let the text on the back cover speak for itself:Please explores the points in our ...

    The Burning Bush Lizard?s shade turned torch, what thorns I bore Nomadic shepherds clipped. Still, I?ve stood, a soldier listening for the word, Attack, a prophet praying any ember be spoken Through me in this desert full of fugitives. Now, I have a voice. Entered, I am ...

    What gives most pleasure in this book is its willingness to struggle with identity, and to embrace the fact that struggle consists of actions that bring him closer to understanding. Or maybe a more appropriate way to say it is that the struggle makes him more fully human. ...

    I love this book because Jericho put some much love into it. Drawing from his personal experiences as well as his love of R&B, he's created quite a collection. ...

    There are three sections of poems in this book, with each section titled after a button on a stereo, though obviously they?re also words with resonance: REPEAT, and PAUSE, and POWER. Music, both as trope and as thing, the idea of song and actual songs and musicians, figure heavily. A...

    Jericho Brown is going to be a huge, big, voice in American poetry. Some sublime lines throughout the book, and, while I normally don't go for this, the performance oriented boldness of the poems gave it all the right kind of muscle. ...

    a lot to like, a brave book ...

    La experiencia poética parece atada, desde Rimbaud, a aquella imposible paradoja de lectura encapsulada en el "yo es otro". La experiencia de lectura, y toda lectura literaria es, en el fondo, una lectura poética, se atraviesa con ese sentido de la otredad, y debe, entonces, permitir...

    This was harder to read than his second book, grittier yet also more veiled. There were lines I shuddered at, from both pain at what he was saying and pleasure in how he could say it. But there is a rhythm to his work that draws me in. ...

    His writing is aggressive and beautiful, and the content of the poems is powerful and personal. Some poems slipped past me but overall a Work of Art. I should reread at a later point in my life. Favorite poem is for sure ?Herman Finley Is Dead.? ...

    Rereading. Heard him speak in Michigan in April. Sometimes you just need some poetic beauty - and pain - in your life. Still hearing his voice. ...

    jericho brown is absolutely incredible, especially when he reads his poetry live. ...

  • Jonterri
    Apr 23, 2012

    Dear God, Please will hurt you - in a good way. It's a very physical and lyrical book of poetry that just goes right through you with one seamless poem followed by another. Think of an extended metaphor, music as the medium, in which we are allowed to experience the speaker's pain in b...

    This poetry collection overwhelmed me. I can sense that there is something in there. Something. In there. I am confused. So instead of trying to give you a sense of what Jericho's poems are about, I will let the text on the back cover speak for itself:Please explores the points in our ...

    The Burning Bush Lizard?s shade turned torch, what thorns I bore Nomadic shepherds clipped. Still, I?ve stood, a soldier listening for the word, Attack, a prophet praying any ember be spoken Through me in this desert full of fugitives. Now, I have a voice. Entered, I am ...

    What gives most pleasure in this book is its willingness to struggle with identity, and to embrace the fact that struggle consists of actions that bring him closer to understanding. Or maybe a more appropriate way to say it is that the struggle makes him more fully human. ...

    I love this book because Jericho put some much love into it. Drawing from his personal experiences as well as his love of R&B, he's created quite a collection. ...

    There are three sections of poems in this book, with each section titled after a button on a stereo, though obviously they?re also words with resonance: REPEAT, and PAUSE, and POWER. Music, both as trope and as thing, the idea of song and actual songs and musicians, figure heavily. A...

    Jericho Brown is going to be a huge, big, voice in American poetry. Some sublime lines throughout the book, and, while I normally don't go for this, the performance oriented boldness of the poems gave it all the right kind of muscle. ...

    a lot to like, a brave book ...

    La experiencia poética parece atada, desde Rimbaud, a aquella imposible paradoja de lectura encapsulada en el "yo es otro". La experiencia de lectura, y toda lectura literaria es, en el fondo, una lectura poética, se atraviesa con ese sentido de la otredad, y debe, entonces, permitir...

    This was harder to read than his second book, grittier yet also more veiled. There were lines I shuddered at, from both pain at what he was saying and pleasure in how he could say it. But there is a rhythm to his work that draws me in. ...

    His writing is aggressive and beautiful, and the content of the poems is powerful and personal. Some poems slipped past me but overall a Work of Art. I should reread at a later point in my life. Favorite poem is for sure ?Herman Finley Is Dead.? ...

    Rereading. Heard him speak in Michigan in April. Sometimes you just need some poetic beauty - and pain - in your life. Still hearing his voice. ...

    jericho brown is absolutely incredible, especially when he reads his poetry live. ...

    Jericho Brown promises no revelations. His poems are tight, trimmed of excess, lyrical and lonely. I want to answer their questions Tell them the dead man?s name But I cannot identify the broken body. Even I don?t know who he is. His poems are home to the hardest questions...

    ?If the red sun rising makes a sound, / Let my voice be that sound.? Jericho Brown's voice is a whip. A deft delivery of poetry, Please is smart, sad, beautiful, musical. I love the way in which the Tracks organize the book and music informs the poems. Song of absence. Man as...

    Absolutely excellent poetry. There's something about the rhythm and lyricism of each of the poems that just makes them come alive. You never really know where each one is headed, and it's great to read them over and over, while still being able to pick up new things. A lot of the poems...

    Jericho Brown?s poetry collection Please is organized into four sections: Repeat, Pause, Power and Stop. Brown continues the musical theme throughout a cycle of poems whose titles are all numbered tracks and whose content references song lyrics. Other poems refer to characters from T...

    This book shared a lot of resonating themes with another book I recently read (also published in 2008): James Allen Hall's Now You're the Enemy. This made me think about the effect of braiding in a poetry collection; pulsing back to topics and images to weave a story rather than marchi...

    Really fresh. Although the poems feel plainspoken and direct, Jericho Brown is okay with being occasionally oblique. While he retells stories of his hardworking family, his tough-loving parents, and an uneasy childhood--he also mixes in some sly commentary on the act of telling: "I sho...

    You would not believe me if I told you/ I met a man called Joshua./ I am not a city nor a saint./ He knew where my body had been. This book is worth reading for "Burning Bush" alone, but there's so much texture to this book throughout. (I lowkey worried Jericho Brown needs/needed...

    I fluctuate between three and four stars; there are a number of poems in which I have no contextual foundation for understanding, but there are a few poems (Detailing the Nape and Prayer of the Backhanded) are absolutely tour de forces of poetic expression. I've had the pleasure of lis...

    A testament to the innovative and exploratory writers. Exploring his homosexuality, his race, family relationships, Brown delves into the dark side of humanity, attempting to find understanding and peace. Especially loved the poem "Tin Man." So many different ways to read it, none o...

    Jericho recently talked about the need for readers to write reviews, and I don't often remember to post reviews of poetry books, so that was a helpful nudge. This volume grabs you by the throat and places a hand on your chest to feel your beating heart. LISTEN, this book says. Read ...

    this is one of my favorite books in any genre. i carry it in my purse. lend it to students and make them promise to return it. these poems are so brave and honest. that's why i keep it with me. it reminds me to be fearless in my own work. ...

  • Ingrid
    Jan 03, 2018

    Dear God, Please will hurt you - in a good way. It's a very physical and lyrical book of poetry that just goes right through you with one seamless poem followed by another. Think of an extended metaphor, music as the medium, in which we are allowed to experience the speaker's pain in b...

    This poetry collection overwhelmed me. I can sense that there is something in there. Something. In there. I am confused. So instead of trying to give you a sense of what Jericho's poems are about, I will let the text on the back cover speak for itself:Please explores the points in our ...

    The Burning Bush Lizard?s shade turned torch, what thorns I bore Nomadic shepherds clipped. Still, I?ve stood, a soldier listening for the word, Attack, a prophet praying any ember be spoken Through me in this desert full of fugitives. Now, I have a voice. Entered, I am ...

    What gives most pleasure in this book is its willingness to struggle with identity, and to embrace the fact that struggle consists of actions that bring him closer to understanding. Or maybe a more appropriate way to say it is that the struggle makes him more fully human. ...

    I love this book because Jericho put some much love into it. Drawing from his personal experiences as well as his love of R&B, he's created quite a collection. ...

    There are three sections of poems in this book, with each section titled after a button on a stereo, though obviously they?re also words with resonance: REPEAT, and PAUSE, and POWER. Music, both as trope and as thing, the idea of song and actual songs and musicians, figure heavily. A...

    Jericho Brown is going to be a huge, big, voice in American poetry. Some sublime lines throughout the book, and, while I normally don't go for this, the performance oriented boldness of the poems gave it all the right kind of muscle. ...

    a lot to like, a brave book ...

    La experiencia poética parece atada, desde Rimbaud, a aquella imposible paradoja de lectura encapsulada en el "yo es otro". La experiencia de lectura, y toda lectura literaria es, en el fondo, una lectura poética, se atraviesa con ese sentido de la otredad, y debe, entonces, permitir...

    This was harder to read than his second book, grittier yet also more veiled. There were lines I shuddered at, from both pain at what he was saying and pleasure in how he could say it. But there is a rhythm to his work that draws me in. ...

    His writing is aggressive and beautiful, and the content of the poems is powerful and personal. Some poems slipped past me but overall a Work of Art. I should reread at a later point in my life. Favorite poem is for sure ?Herman Finley Is Dead.? ...

  • Momtaza Mehri
    Oct 26, 2015

    Dear God, Please will hurt you - in a good way. It's a very physical and lyrical book of poetry that just goes right through you with one seamless poem followed by another. Think of an extended metaphor, music as the medium, in which we are allowed to experience the speaker's pain in b...

    This poetry collection overwhelmed me. I can sense that there is something in there. Something. In there. I am confused. So instead of trying to give you a sense of what Jericho's poems are about, I will let the text on the back cover speak for itself:Please explores the points in our ...

    The Burning Bush Lizard?s shade turned torch, what thorns I bore Nomadic shepherds clipped. Still, I?ve stood, a soldier listening for the word, Attack, a prophet praying any ember be spoken Through me in this desert full of fugitives. Now, I have a voice. Entered, I am ...

    What gives most pleasure in this book is its willingness to struggle with identity, and to embrace the fact that struggle consists of actions that bring him closer to understanding. Or maybe a more appropriate way to say it is that the struggle makes him more fully human. ...

    I love this book because Jericho put some much love into it. Drawing from his personal experiences as well as his love of R&B, he's created quite a collection. ...

    There are three sections of poems in this book, with each section titled after a button on a stereo, though obviously they?re also words with resonance: REPEAT, and PAUSE, and POWER. Music, both as trope and as thing, the idea of song and actual songs and musicians, figure heavily. A...

    Jericho Brown is going to be a huge, big, voice in American poetry. Some sublime lines throughout the book, and, while I normally don't go for this, the performance oriented boldness of the poems gave it all the right kind of muscle. ...

    a lot to like, a brave book ...

    La experiencia poética parece atada, desde Rimbaud, a aquella imposible paradoja de lectura encapsulada en el "yo es otro". La experiencia de lectura, y toda lectura literaria es, en el fondo, una lectura poética, se atraviesa con ese sentido de la otredad, y debe, entonces, permitir...

    This was harder to read than his second book, grittier yet also more veiled. There were lines I shuddered at, from both pain at what he was saying and pleasure in how he could say it. But there is a rhythm to his work that draws me in. ...

    His writing is aggressive and beautiful, and the content of the poems is powerful and personal. Some poems slipped past me but overall a Work of Art. I should reread at a later point in my life. Favorite poem is for sure ?Herman Finley Is Dead.? ...

    Rereading. Heard him speak in Michigan in April. Sometimes you just need some poetic beauty - and pain - in your life. Still hearing his voice. ...

    jericho brown is absolutely incredible, especially when he reads his poetry live. ...

    Jericho Brown promises no revelations. His poems are tight, trimmed of excess, lyrical and lonely. I want to answer their questions Tell them the dead man?s name But I cannot identify the broken body. Even I don?t know who he is. His poems are home to the hardest questions...

    ?If the red sun rising makes a sound, / Let my voice be that sound.? Jericho Brown's voice is a whip. A deft delivery of poetry, Please is smart, sad, beautiful, musical. I love the way in which the Tracks organize the book and music informs the poems. Song of absence. Man as...

    Absolutely excellent poetry. There's something about the rhythm and lyricism of each of the poems that just makes them come alive. You never really know where each one is headed, and it's great to read them over and over, while still being able to pick up new things. A lot of the poems...

    Jericho Brown?s poetry collection Please is organized into four sections: Repeat, Pause, Power and Stop. Brown continues the musical theme throughout a cycle of poems whose titles are all numbered tracks and whose content references song lyrics. Other poems refer to characters from T...

    This book shared a lot of resonating themes with another book I recently read (also published in 2008): James Allen Hall's Now You're the Enemy. This made me think about the effect of braiding in a poetry collection; pulsing back to topics and images to weave a story rather than marchi...

    Really fresh. Although the poems feel plainspoken and direct, Jericho Brown is okay with being occasionally oblique. While he retells stories of his hardworking family, his tough-loving parents, and an uneasy childhood--he also mixes in some sly commentary on the act of telling: "I sho...

    You would not believe me if I told you/ I met a man called Joshua./ I am not a city nor a saint./ He knew where my body had been. This book is worth reading for "Burning Bush" alone, but there's so much texture to this book throughout. (I lowkey worried Jericho Brown needs/needed...

    I fluctuate between three and four stars; there are a number of poems in which I have no contextual foundation for understanding, but there are a few poems (Detailing the Nape and Prayer of the Backhanded) are absolutely tour de forces of poetic expression. I've had the pleasure of lis...

    A testament to the innovative and exploratory writers. Exploring his homosexuality, his race, family relationships, Brown delves into the dark side of humanity, attempting to find understanding and peace. Especially loved the poem "Tin Man." So many different ways to read it, none o...

    Jericho recently talked about the need for readers to write reviews, and I don't often remember to post reviews of poetry books, so that was a helpful nudge. This volume grabs you by the throat and places a hand on your chest to feel your beating heart. LISTEN, this book says. Read ...

    this is one of my favorite books in any genre. i carry it in my purse. lend it to students and make them promise to return it. these poems are so brave and honest. that's why i keep it with me. it reminds me to be fearless in my own work. ...

    Prepare for the 2010 Poets Forum in New York City (October 28-30) by reading Brown's newest book of poetry, and check out the Poets Forum 2010 bookshelf for the latest collections by each of the poets participating in the Poets Forum. Happy reading! ...

    Read this while vacationing at Hammonasset Beach this weekend. Really liked some of the poems, but had a hard time relating to most of them. ...

    I am with Terrance Hayes on this one--I could never say all I love about this book. ...

    Rich with all that is tender and raw. His work is very musical and sings off the page/your bones. Thanks to all those who recommended! ...

  • leynes
    May 22, 2017

    Dear God, Please will hurt you - in a good way. It's a very physical and lyrical book of poetry that just goes right through you with one seamless poem followed by another. Think of an extended metaphor, music as the medium, in which we are allowed to experience the speaker's pain in b...

    This poetry collection overwhelmed me. I can sense that there is something in there. Something. In there. I am confused. So instead of trying to give you a sense of what Jericho's poems are about, I will let the text on the back cover speak for itself:Please explores the points in our ...

  • Lucas Sierra
    Oct 07, 2017

    Dear God, Please will hurt you - in a good way. It's a very physical and lyrical book of poetry that just goes right through you with one seamless poem followed by another. Think of an extended metaphor, music as the medium, in which we are allowed to experience the speaker's pain in b...

    This poetry collection overwhelmed me. I can sense that there is something in there. Something. In there. I am confused. So instead of trying to give you a sense of what Jericho's poems are about, I will let the text on the back cover speak for itself:Please explores the points in our ...

    The Burning Bush Lizard?s shade turned torch, what thorns I bore Nomadic shepherds clipped. Still, I?ve stood, a soldier listening for the word, Attack, a prophet praying any ember be spoken Through me in this desert full of fugitives. Now, I have a voice. Entered, I am ...

    What gives most pleasure in this book is its willingness to struggle with identity, and to embrace the fact that struggle consists of actions that bring him closer to understanding. Or maybe a more appropriate way to say it is that the struggle makes him more fully human. ...

    I love this book because Jericho put some much love into it. Drawing from his personal experiences as well as his love of R&B, he's created quite a collection. ...

    There are three sections of poems in this book, with each section titled after a button on a stereo, though obviously they?re also words with resonance: REPEAT, and PAUSE, and POWER. Music, both as trope and as thing, the idea of song and actual songs and musicians, figure heavily. A...

    Jericho Brown is going to be a huge, big, voice in American poetry. Some sublime lines throughout the book, and, while I normally don't go for this, the performance oriented boldness of the poems gave it all the right kind of muscle. ...

    a lot to like, a brave book ...

    La experiencia poética parece atada, desde Rimbaud, a aquella imposible paradoja de lectura encapsulada en el "yo es otro". La experiencia de lectura, y toda lectura literaria es, en el fondo, una lectura poética, se atraviesa con ese sentido de la otredad, y debe, entonces, permitir...

  • Anne Crow
    Sep 21, 2017

    Dear God, Please will hurt you - in a good way. It's a very physical and lyrical book of poetry that just goes right through you with one seamless poem followed by another. Think of an extended metaphor, music as the medium, in which we are allowed to experience the speaker's pain in b...

    This poetry collection overwhelmed me. I can sense that there is something in there. Something. In there. I am confused. So instead of trying to give you a sense of what Jericho's poems are about, I will let the text on the back cover speak for itself:Please explores the points in our ...

    The Burning Bush Lizard?s shade turned torch, what thorns I bore Nomadic shepherds clipped. Still, I?ve stood, a soldier listening for the word, Attack, a prophet praying any ember be spoken Through me in this desert full of fugitives. Now, I have a voice. Entered, I am ...

    What gives most pleasure in this book is its willingness to struggle with identity, and to embrace the fact that struggle consists of actions that bring him closer to understanding. Or maybe a more appropriate way to say it is that the struggle makes him more fully human. ...

    I love this book because Jericho put some much love into it. Drawing from his personal experiences as well as his love of R&B, he's created quite a collection. ...

    There are three sections of poems in this book, with each section titled after a button on a stereo, though obviously they?re also words with resonance: REPEAT, and PAUSE, and POWER. Music, both as trope and as thing, the idea of song and actual songs and musicians, figure heavily. A...

    Jericho Brown is going to be a huge, big, voice in American poetry. Some sublime lines throughout the book, and, while I normally don't go for this, the performance oriented boldness of the poems gave it all the right kind of muscle. ...

    a lot to like, a brave book ...

    La experiencia poética parece atada, desde Rimbaud, a aquella imposible paradoja de lectura encapsulada en el "yo es otro". La experiencia de lectura, y toda lectura literaria es, en el fondo, una lectura poética, se atraviesa con ese sentido de la otredad, y debe, entonces, permitir...

    This was harder to read than his second book, grittier yet also more veiled. There were lines I shuddered at, from both pain at what he was saying and pleasure in how he could say it. But there is a rhythm to his work that draws me in. ...