Aquarius Press/Willow Books/AUXmedia

Redbone by Mahogany L. Browne

Poetry collection by Mahogany L. Browne, Cave Canem Fellow, Poets House alum, and Director of the Nuyorican Poets Café Poetry Program. 

“What I may love most about Redbone is the way it strains—formally, with syntax and diction, with voice and perspective, searching for the right space on the page—to make of this complex family story—which, like most family stories, is made of sweetness and plain old hurt—a kind of bearable song. It's such a moving act. Such a caring and true telling. Such a singing.” —Ross Gay, author of Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude

“A woman—a black woman—a high-yellow black woman—depending on the circumstances, can be clouds or smoke, can be liquid with desire or ablaze with rage. With her mama behind her, her life before her, her men near and far, and her babies in her arms, Browne's Redbone shows us just how this is so. She is fully, vitally human in Browne's vibrant art: breathing, dancing, cursing, loving, hurting, and surviving. Open these pages and meet her where she lives.” —Evie Shockley

“Fiercely crafted and beautifully voiced, Mahogany L. Browne's poems revolve around a love story. At the center stands Redbone, a woman who speaks music and whose 'cackle break through the wind like law.' As the love story unfolds, wondrous images and phrases ring like grace notes. Browne has an exquisite ear and a gift for arranging syllables into elegant speech patterns. This is a lyrical and powerful debut.” —Eduardo C. Corral

“Mahogany L. Browne's Redbone shudders with raw ferocity, each line shouldering the sweet burden of her raveled roles as mother, artist and intractable activist. These words don't entertain—they detonate.” 

—Patricia Smith, author of Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah