Brutal Imagination is the work of a poet at the peak of his considerable powers, confronting a crucial subject: the black man in America.
“A hymn to all the sons this country has stolen from her African-American families.”—The Village Voice
This poetry collection explores the vision of the black man in white imagination, as well as the black family and the barriers of color, class, and caste that tear it apart. These two main themes showcase Cornelius Eady’s range: his deft wit, inventiveness, and skillfully targeted anger, and the way in which he combines the subtle with the charged, street idiom with elegant inversions, harsh images with the sweetly ordinary.
Includes poems that inspired the libretto for Eady’s music-drama Running Man, a 1999 Pulitzer Prize finalist.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.40(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Table of ContentsBrutal ImaginationBrutal Imagination
How I Got Born
Who Am I?
Susan Smith's Police Report
Where Am I?
Why I Am Not A Woman
One True Thing
Charles Stuart in the Hospital
Uncle Tom in Heaven
Uncle Ben Watches the Local News
Stepin Fetchit Reads the Paper
The Unsigned Confessions of Mr. Zero
What I'm Made Of
What the Sheriff Suspects
Next of Kin
What Is Known About the Abductor
What Isn't Known About the Abductor
The Running Man Poems:
When He Left
Hold the Line
Miss Look's Dream
Baby Sister & the Radio
My Sister Makes Me Up While I Sleep
What I Do