Let It Be Broke

Ed Pavlic (Author)

Product Details

Four Way Books
Publish Date
March 02, 2020
5.9 X 0.4 X 9.0 inches | 0.5 pounds
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About the Author

Ed Pavlic is the author of eleven books of poetry, scholarship, fiction and non-fiction. His most recent works include Another Kind of Madness: A Novel (2019), Live at the Bitter End (2018), Who Can Afford to Improvise?: James Baldwin and Black Music, the Lyric and the Listener (2016), Let's Let That Are Not Yet: Inferno (2015) and Visiting Hours at the Color Line (2013). Author of pieces in over sixty magazines and journals, most recently the New York Times, Boston Review, Harvard Review, and Callaloo, Pavlic is twice winner of the National Poetry Series Open Competition (2012 and 2015) and The American Poetry Review / Honickman First Book Prize (2001). He is Distinguished Research Professor in the English Department and in the Institute for African American Studies at the University of Georgia. He lives with his family in Athens, GA.


"This book bridges intellect and ecstasy, miracle and disaster, Rukeyser and Rihanna. It's powered by some wondrous concoction of language, politics, and blood. Ed Pavlic is doing what he's always done. His poems sing with the scale of a Homeric epic; they drift with the existential perceptions of a Joyce novel; they argue with the fever and fight of a Baldwin essay. Let It Be Broke delves, demands, and delights."
--Terrance Hayes
"What does it mean to belong, to whom, and how? How do race, geography, music(s) embed a psyche? How can the interstitial seem revolutionary--well Let It Be Broke brings up these questions in a language that implodes vernacular and erupts in lyricism--the expected is often disrupted by Ed Pavlic in this meditation on race, racism, code switching, America's violent history. Pavlic joins his literary and cultural forbears such as James Baldwin and Adrienne Rich in this examination of America's racial paradox along with Rihanna, Prince, and Kendrick Lamar. He makes in this difficult work a language that is necessary if this nation is to ever claim ideas that bind its citizens other than ones based on hatred and privilege. Let It Be Broke's style is fragmentary, incantory, and emotionally dangerous--as he looks at the very broken psychic and physical landscape of America. And yet, he brings (as is said in gospel music) home a common notion at book's end: 'me: yes that's exactly what I mean by us dust'."
--Patricia Spears Jones
"...Pavlic emphatically and attentively observes and riffs on what unites and divides people within countries, races, families, and even among individuals...."

https: //www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-945588-45-7-- "Publishers Weekly starred review" (4/2/2020 12:00:00 AM)
"...A hard, sharp kick to the color line; important reading in 'a country that's busy day and night/ ...putting you in charge of its lies.'"

https: //www.libraryjournal.com/?detailStory=ljx200301poetry--Barbara Hoffert "Library Journal" (3/5/2020 12:00:00 AM)