Jones, Saeed. Prelude to Bruise. Minneapolis, MN: Coffee House Press, 2014. 124 pp. $16.00 (paper).
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Reviewed by Will Byrne
Saeed Jones’ debut poetry collection, Prelude to Bruise, is a juggler with many pins in the air. Identity, sex, violence, coming of age, family, and loss—to name just a few—are all laid-out across the messy landscape of the American South. The collection is held together as much by the physicality of the land—dirt and mud, kudzu vines and hyacinth flowers—as it is by Jones’ interest in the human body—its aches and pains, its connections, its yearning—while it follows the character simply named “Boy” from his childhood in the rural South to the lights of cities of his young adulthood. Continue reading this post…