Old Brown: Poems (Appalachian Writing) (Paperback)
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"Truth is Justice�s drunken sister./ She jaywalks, spits on the sidewalk, / burns books in the courtyard, / pulls tongues from the root." And the truth we get in Craig Paulenich�s OLD BROWN is no easy truth. Powerful and unwavering, Paulenich digs deep into nineteenth century history, using Captain John Brown as a touchstone to illuminate America�s uneasy relationship with race and its obsession with violence. Part poetry, part history, Paulenich�s portrait is an indictment of our contemporary times, his John Brown both prophet and terrorist, hero and cold-blooded killer, an everyman for our schizophrenic America. In stunningly imaginative poems that range from catalogs of the dead to lyric meditations on religion�s role in our complicity, Paulenich masterfully connects the dots from Harper�s Ferry to our modern terrorist state, pointing out along the way that "Slavery is the American Leviathan, and we, / Jonah�s all, rattle about inside its brass ribs." Peter Grandbois, author of Kissing the Lobster.