AFTER JUBILEE by Brionne Janae [pre-order]

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AFTER JUBILEE by Brionne Janae [pre-order]

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After Jubilee by Brionne Janae was selected by Dorianne Laux as the finalist for the 2016 BOAAT Book Prize.

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Read Tyree Daye's interview with Brionne Janae about After Jubilee, in the American Poetry Review.

“Blessed” is the word that comes to mind after reading Brionne Janae’s After Jubilee, a collection of finely-tuned narratives presenting characters in a precarious balance between love and hate. Many voices collude to answer for both the jubilation and horror that has plagued black people from the beginning, including the black man with the white father, the parents donating their infant son’s organs to save other lives, and those ignored and forgotten in the massacre at Slocum, Texas in 1910. I find myself locating in these poems the “vital things” that make loss bearable. Janae offers one profoundly important truth: this history is as much in front of us as it is behind us; fortunately for our survival, we have not slipped past redemption. This is an excellent read, if for no other reason than the range and lyricism of Janae’s voice.   

                                              — Amber Flora Thomas


POSTCARD
            always the dark body hewn asunder; always
                        ~Natasha Trethewey
 
 
always the dark body hewn asunder; always
the rope and the stretched neck broken, always shadows
streaked across ashen faces, nights darkness wrecked
 
with torchlight, always the body blacker than clay
mob below upright glaring, always lack stowed
in the hollowness between dark ribs. the spectacle
 
flash, framed and looking up. always some slack
nigger sorry, looking down. always the rending
the parted flesh, the body broken never blessed
 
always a sacred tree, and dead weight, the dark roots wracked
with guilt. forever and always, here, an ending
the fatal twitch ticking down till final breath.
 
always the flesh bared to scarcely masked desire.
always murder, stolen sex, helpless overcome with fire.
Brionne Janae is a California native, teaching artist, and poet living in Boston where she completed an MFA at Emerson College. Brionne was a recipient of the 2016 St. Botoloph Emering Artist award. Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Rattle, jubilat, Redivider, Plume, Bayou Magazine, The Nashville Review, and Waxwing among others. Her first book, After Jubilee, will be published by BOAAT Press in Winter 2017. And most importantly Brionne is a Cave Canem Fellow.

Brionne Janae is a California native, teaching artist, and poet living in Boston where she completed an MFA at Emerson College. Brionne was a recipient of the 2016 St. Botoloph Emering Artist award. Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Rattle, jubilat, Redivider, Plume, Bayou Magazine, The Nashville Review, and Waxwing among others. Her first book, After Jubilee, will be published by BOAAT Press in Winter 2017. And most importantly Brionne is a Cave Canem Fellow.