Brutal Imagination

Brutal Imagination

by Cornelius Eady
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Brutal Imagination by Cornelius Eady

Brutal Imagination is the work of a poet at the peak of his considerable powers. Its two central sections--which could be called song cycles--confront the same subject: the black man in America.

The first, which carries the book's title, deals with the vision of the black man in white imagination. Narrated largely by the black kidnapper that Susan Smith invented to cover up the killing of her two sons, the cycle displays all of Mr. 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.

The second cycle, "Running Man," presents poems Mr. Eady drew on for his libretto for the music-drama of the same name, which was a l999 Pulitzer Prize finalist. Here, the focus is the black family and the barriers of color, class, and caste that tear it apart. As the Village Voice said, "It is a hymn to all the sons this country has stolen from her African- American families."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101143575
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/15/2001
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,055,207
File size: 77 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Formerly director of the Poetry Center at SUNY/Stony Brook, Cornelius Eady is currently distinguished writer-in-residence at the City College of New York. He has been awarded the Academy of American Poets Lamont Prize, a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship to Bellagio, Italy, and fellowships from the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Foundation and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. Brutal Imagination was nominated for the 2001 National Book Award for Poetry. The author of six previous volumes, he lives in New York City.

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Brutal Imagination 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He might get asked by smeie else so do it real son
Guest More than 1 year ago
Outstanding! February 4, 2003 This collection is made up of two cycles of poems, both dealing with the black man in white America. The first is a cycle of poems narrated by the Imaginary black man Susan Smith invented to cover the killing of her two children. This collection is deep! It's so moving and so vivid it leaves you angry and pulls the heart strings.Eady paints such a picture you can see the tail lights slowly slipping into the water. The second cycle is about a black family and the barriers of color. I had the pleasure of listening to Eady read from this collection as well as his work in progress. He is very moving. And like he said' The best thing about this is....there is no black man on death row right now for murder because of the imaginary black man she created'. This is more than a collection of poetry. Brutal Imagination is the brilliant, stunning creation from one gifted writer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cornelius Eady's latest collection of poems, Brutal Imagination is quite the fascinating depiction of 'black and white' mentality blended together effortlessly on the strength of Susan Smith's murdering of her children, to later blame her 'brutal' action on a black man. A black man summoned from the depths of her 'imagination.' Not only does Mr. Eady show us the constant paranoia a black man envisions on the streets of America, but also the incredible lack of respect many whites have for blacks when faced with immeasurable odds. And this is only the first half of the book. This compilation is one for the ages and must not go unread unless you're the one with a 'brutal imagination.'