Smart bets: Jericho Brown

In his latest collection, The Tradition, poet Jericho Brown explores survival, abuse, violence and the ways love exists within those darknesses. He also offers a number of duplex poems, a form of his own invention that combines the sonnet, the ghazal and the blues. It’s a slight but powerful expression weaving dissonant images into a stunning big picture. Brown — an associate professor and the director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory University — shared the title poem from The Tradition at one of Asheville BookWorks’ beloved Vandercooked Poetry Nights. The book is a finalist for a National Book Award, to be announced on Nov. 20. Before that, he’ll give a reading at Blue Ridge Room in UNC Asheville’s Highsmith Student Union on Thursday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m. Free. Photo courtesy of Brown


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About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall has lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. She is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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