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Kevin Young

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“‘Hive’ is the final poem in my new book Brown—a collection that takes up boyhood and brownness, moving through Kansas and the South, from James Brown to John Brown to the Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka case that transformed American life. Indeed, life hums here, in this boy remembered or imagined, the poem offering a kind of winged benediction—a song that summons suffering, but does not succumb, I hope.”
—Kevin Young



Kevin Young is the author of nine poetry collections, including Brown, forthcoming from Alfred A. Knopf in April 2018. His book of nonfiction Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News (Graywolf Press, 2017) was longlisted for this year’s National Book Award.


Photo credit: Melanie Dunea


Poetry by Young



(forthcoming from Alfred A. Knopf in April 2018)

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