The Aug. 26 cover story "Monsters of Poetry" puts the spotlight on the poet's art to preview the fourth annual Decatur Book Festival, to be held Sep. 4-6. This blog will count down the days to the festival by posting a poem each day by a different writer, to let the verse speak for itself. For Sep. 1, "Fall by Jericho Brown.
No, I do not recall the jump
Nor the reasons why. The dream begins with
The plummet. Air tears
At my skin. I crash
Into the sidewalk, crack
The concrete and my body (a fault line
From shoulder to hip).
And now I am one of the crowd,
Circling the carcass with suitable murmurs.
I want to answer their questions,
Tell them the dead mans name,
But I cannot identify the broken body.
Even I dont know who he is.
Jericho Brown teaches creative writing as an Assistant Professor of English at the University of San Diego. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Norton Anthology of African American Poetry, The Iowa Review, jubilat, Oxford American, and several other journals and anthologies.
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