Prelude to Bruise

Prelude to Bruise

Saeed Jones

Praise for Saeed Jones:

"Jones is the type of author who’s greater than sought after: he’s desperately needed."FlavorWire

“This booklet leaves your physique reworked in a fashion that poetry should." ElevenEleven

"I get shout-happy while I learn those poems; they're the gospel; they're the good news of the maintaining strength of mind's eye, tenderness, and outright joy."—D. A. Powell

“Prelude to Bruise works its tempestuous mojo just below the outside, wreaking a candy havoc and rearranging the heart beat. those poems do not dole out mercy. Mr. Jones absolutely dipped his pen in fierce prior to crafting those stanzas that rock like backslap. Straighten your skirt, childrens. The doorways of the church are open.”—Patricia Smith

“It’s an incredible publication, a big e-book. A game-changer. amazing, brutal, actual. not only excellent, caustic, and impassioned yet a piece that brings history—in which the non-public and political are inter-constitutive—to the quick second. Jones takes a reader deep into lived event, right into a charged international divided between risky but entrenched strains: racial, gendered, political, sexual, familial. right here we take in every one quiet resistance, each one whoop of pleasure, an information of violence and of hope, an insufferable ache/loss/yearning. this isn't only a “new voice” yet a brand new tune, a brand new method of making a song, a brand new tune made from deep grief’s wildfire, of burning intelligence and of all-feeling center, scorched and seared. In a poem, Jones says, “Boy’s physique is a tune in basic terms he can hear.” yet now that we've got this ebook, we will be able to all pay attention it. And it’s unforgettable.”—Brenda Shaughnessy

“Inside every one starvation, every one hope, speaks the voice of a boy that admits ‘I’ve constantly desired to be dangerous.’ this isn't a hazard yet a promise to damage clear of the ailment of silence, to make audible the tales that difficulty the size of masculinity and pain the well mannered conversations approximately race. With extraordinary grace, Saeed Jones situates the queer black physique on the heart, the place his visibility and vulnerability nurture emotional power and the irrepressible strength to assert these areas that have been as soon as denied or withheld from him. Prelude to a Bruise is a bold debut.”—Rigoberto González

From "Sleeping Arrangement":

Take your hand out
from less than my pillow.

And take your sheets with you.
Drag them lower than. Make fake ghosts.

I cannot have you ever damn the mattress springs
so retain nonetheless, preserve quiet.

Mistake your self for shadows.
Learn the lullabies of lint.

Saeed Jones works because the editor of BuzzfeedLGBT.

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