The New Testament
Author: Jericho Brown
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press (2014)
Winner of the 2015 Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry
Recipient of the 2015 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence
In The New Testament, Jericho Brown summons myth, fable, elegy, and fairy tale in a tender examination of race, masculinity, and sexuality. Intensely musical, Brown’s poetry is suffused with reverence—simultaneously transporting and transforming the reader. “As for praise and worship,” Brown says, “I prefer the latter.”
A triumphant second collection, The New Testament laments the erasure of culture and ethnicity, elegizes two brothers haunted by shame, yet extols survival in the face of brutality and disease. Brown seeks not to revise the Bible but to find the source of redemption.
“To read Jericho Brown’s poems is to encounter devastating genius.”