The Beloved Community


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Copper Canyon Press
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5.8 X 8.9 X 0.4 inches | 0.35 pounds

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About the Author

Brooklyn-based poet Patricia Spears Jones is the author of four collections including A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems (2015) and five chapbooks. Her work has been anthologized in African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song, Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry, and she is the editor of Ordinary Women: An Anthology of New York City Women Poets. Jones is the winner of the 2017 Jackson Poetry Prize from Poets & Writers and the recipient of a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. An active literary citizen of New York for over four decades, Jones served as program coordinator for The Poetry Project of St. Marks Church and founded the WORDS Sunday series in Brooklyn. Currently, Jones is a Senior Fellow Emeritus of the Black Earth Institute.


"Jones's poems, written during the past two decades, vibrate with a noticeable hunger and irresistible energy, unashamed to explore the nuances of intimacy via the looming specters of pop culture and history." --Publishers Weekly"Poems like stars in a constellation: each glowing point connects in a pattern charting lives full of love and disappointment, injustice and defeat, joy and resilience."--Library Journal"Patricia Spears Jones's poems are like homecomings--in her pages the sights and smells, rhythms and caresses of many lives waft up from Memphis and Manhattan...." --Thulani Davis"A world where music and brains are allowed to co-exist with instinct, where the lyrics and the literal may dwell without eyeing the other with suspicion." --Cornelius Eady"Jones returns to her source, a steady presence of desire, pleasure (fun!), and beauty as literally lifesaving." --BOMB Magazine"No matter what the risk, Jones is not afraid to touch." --Arkansas Review"A lyric collection that is engaging, honest, and with sprinkles of delightful humor." --Tribes"These are the careful insights of a woman who has experienced and noticed more tragic scenes." --Black Issues Book Review