Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Jericho Brown worked as the speechwriter for the Mayor of New Orleans before receiving his PhD in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Houston. He also holds an MFA from the University of New Orleans and a BA from Dillard University. The recipient of the Whiting Writers Award and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Krakow Poetry Seminar in Poland, Brown is an Assistant Professor at Emory University. His poems have appeared in journals and anthologies including, The American Poetry Review, jubilat, Kenyon Review, Oxford American, Ploughshares, A Public Space, and 100 Best African American Poems. His first book, PLEASE (New Issues), won the American Book Award.
from Another Elegy
A man turns
In his sleep, so I take a picture.
He won't look at it, of course. It's
His bad side, his Mr. Hyde, the hole
In a husband's head, the O
Of his wife's mouth . . .
James Allen Hall is the author of Now You're the Enemy, which won awards from the Lambda Literary Foundation, the Texas Institute of Letters, andthe Fellowship of Southern Writers. He is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts and the New York Foundation forthe Arts, and his poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, TriQuarterly, New England Review, Boston Review, and elsewhere. He teaches creative writing and literature in upstate New York.
The father does not knock on the locked door
gently, as if loving a small hurt thing.
The father does not say please over and over,
until his voice becomes unraw with the not-said.
The mother inside the room
does not hold a gun to her chest.