Prelude to Bruise

Prelude to Bruise

by Saeed Jones

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781566893749
Publisher: Coffee House Press
Publication date: 09/09/2014
Pages: 124
Sales rank: 545,485
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Saeed Jones is the author of the chapbook When the Only Light is Fire (2011, Sibling Rivalry Press). His work has appeared in Best Gay Stories 2013 , Guernica , Ebony Magazine , The Rumpus , Hayden's Ferry Review and West Branch among other publications. Jones received his MFA in Creative Writing at Rutgers University Newark and is the recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem and Queer / Arts / Mentors. He works as the editor of BuzzfeedLGBT and lives in Harlem.

Table of Contents

Anthracite xi

1 Insomniac 1

Closet of Red 2

The Blue Dress 3

Isaac, after Mount Moriah 4

Pretending to Drown 5

Boy in a Stolen Evening Gown 7

Boy at Edge of Woods 8

Terrible Boy 9

Daedalus, after Icarus 11

Boy in a Whalebone Corset 12

Boy Found inside a Wolf 13

Boy at Threshold 14

After the First Shot 15

Last Call 16

2 "Don't Let the Sun Set on You" 19

Prelude to Bruise 21

Coyote Cry 23

Jasper, 1998 24

Lower Ninth 28

Drag 29

Kudzu 30

Beheaded Kingdom 31

Thralldom 34

Cruel Body 35

Thallium 36

He Thinks He Can Leave Me 37

3 Secondhand (Smoke) 41

Body & Kentucky Bourbon 42

Eclipse of My Third Life 44

Guilt 45

Sleeping Arrangement 47

Apologia 49

Ketamine & Company 50

Thralldom II 52

Skin Like Brick Dust 53

Kingdom of Trick, Kingdom of Drug 54

Blue Prelude 58

In Nashville 59

4 Highway 407 63

Meridian 66

Mercy 68

Mississippi Drowning 69

Casket Sharp 71

Dominion 72

The Fabulist 73

Room without a Ghost 74

Dirge 75

After Last Light 76

Hour between Dog & Wolf 77

Post apocalyptic Heartbeat 78

5 History, according to Boy 85

6 Last Portrait as Boy 99

Notes 101

Acknowledgments 103

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