Brutal Imagination

Brutal Imagination Review

Finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry

Brutal Imagination is the work of a poet at the peak of his considerable powers, confronting a crucial subject: the black man in America.

"A hymn to all the sons this country has stolen from her African-American families."--The Village Voice
This poetry collection explores the vision of the black man in white imagination, as well as the black family and the barriers of color, class, and caste that tear it apart. These two main themes showcase Cornelius Eady's range: his deft wit, inventiveness, and skillfully targeted anger, and the way in which he combines the subtle with the charged, street idiom with elegant inversions, harsh images with the sweetly ordinary.

Includes poems that inspired the libretto for Eady's music-drama Running Man, a 1999 Pulitzer Prize finalist.

Title:Brutal Imagination
Edition Language:English

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    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Amy

    I found this book on my office bookshelf and read it while waiting for my computer to update, so I didn't know anything about it going in. Although this was written in 2001, I had to access my 1994 po...

  • Brooke

    This is an absolutely incredible collection of poetry that centers on the experience of being a black male in white America. The first section - titled the same as the overall collection, Brutal Imagi...

  • Franny

    holy shit. an incredible premise written beautifully. will be thinking about these poems for months. ...

  • Chris

    A collection about race and the repercussions of lying, these poems are complex and deep. The poet is a brilliant writer and the way he wrote these out makes you feel the pain he wants to express over...

  • UnicornMemes

    3.7 rating ...

  • Nicky

    a book of poetry i actually liked...

  • Steven

    The first brilliant decision made in putting together this book was deciding to juxtapose two seemingly disparate narratives to provide a complete picture of the pressures and dangers of being an Afri...

  • Paula

    This books is split into two sections. The first covers a poem cycle that reflects on Susan Smith's invented story of a black man stealing her car and murdering her children. This cycle is divided int...

  • Miguel

    Cornelius Eady's prescient book of poetry centers around the 1994 double murder of Michael and Alex Smith, killed by their mother Susan Smith. Brutal Imagination speaks to the way in which white fear ...

  • Lauren

    For those looking to read Running Man, a 1999 finalist for the Pulitzer, the closest thing to a published version is Cornelius Eady’s aptly-named Brutal Imagination.This collection of poems can be d...