by Jericho Brown
Poetry | Audio, Braille
Winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry
One Book, One Philadelphia 2021 Selection
A National Book Award finalist, The Tradition questions why and how we’ve become accustomed to terror: in the bedroom, the classroom, the workplace, and the movie theater. From mass shootings to rape to the murder of unarmed people by police, Brown writes with an urgency born of real danger. These fifty-two poems explore the nature and lasting impact of injuries, both personal and on a national level. In the title poem, Brown reflects on generational promises made that are undercut by state violence. Violence. 2019.