An interdisciplinary journal about regions, places, and cultures of the US South and their global connections

Naming Each Place

Jericho Brown, University of San Diego

Published: 
4 March 2010
Overview: 
Jericho Brown, 2009

"I always tell people I was born and raised in Shreveport, but I grew up in New Orleans." In four poems from his collection Please and an interview with Natasha Trethewey, Jericho Brown delves into double-edged father-son relationships, acquiring an education, historical racism, the exigencies of escape, and being a gay black man in the US South.

"Naming Each Place" is part of the Poets in Place series, a Research Collaboration in the Humanities initiative funded through Emory University’s Presidential Woodruff Fund, in collaboration with the Office of the Provost. Series producers are Natasha Trethewey and Allen Tullos.

Readings:

 
Jericho Brown reads the poem "Like Father." Poem text.
 
Jericho Brown reads the poem "Prayer of the Backhanded." Poem text.
 
Jericho Brown reads the poem "Scarecrow." Poem text.
 
Jericho Brown reads the poem "Runaway." Poem text.

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Interview with Natasha Trethewey:
In this interview, conducted on September 5, 2009, during the Decatur (Georgia) Book Festival, Jericho Brown talks with Natasha Trethewey about learning to love his hometown, gay black identity, the visibility of southern poets, and autobiography in poetry.
 
About Jericho Brown:
Jericho Brown's first book, Please, was published by New Issues in Poetry and Prose in 2008. His poems have appeared in many magazines, including The Iowa Review, Oxford American, and New England Review, and his honors include fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University and the Krakow Poetry Seminar in Poland. Brown is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of San Diego.

 

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Recommended Resources:
Published Work in Print:

Brown, Jericho. Please. Kalamazoo, MI: New Issues Poetry and Prose, 2008.

Links and Online Publications:
AGNI Online. Text of "Rick."
http://www.bu.edu/agni/poetry/online/2007/brown.html

Finney, Nikky (ed). The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South. A Cave Canem Anthology. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2008.
http://www.ugapress.org/index.php/books/ringing_ear/

Hughes, Langston. "The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain." The Nation, June 23, 1926.
http://www.thenation.com/article/negro-artist-and-racial-mountain

Immunization Against Invisibility. "IAI Discusses Poetry with Jericho Brown," 18 January 2009. http://immunizationagainstinvisibility.blogspot.com/2009/01/i-i-discusses-poetry-with-jericho-brown.html

Jericho Brown's author website
http://www.jerichobrown.com

New England Review. Text of "Prayer of the Backhanded."
http://cat.middlebury.edu/~nereview/28-1/Brown-Prayer.html

Post Road Magazine. Text of "Track 1: Lush Life."
http://www.postroadmag.com/15/poetry/jbrown.phtml

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