Best known for outlining the nameless figures of old-time city life in a style that, like Charles Simic’s, is at once realistic and abstract, Eady, in his. Brutal Imagination has ratings and 42 reviews. Amy said: I found this book on my office bookshelf and read it while waiting for my computer to update. Suzana Zdravkovska 20 April Critical Analysis of Brutal Imagination by Cornelius Eady “My Face” “Brutal Imagination” as a collection of poetry based on a.

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One part shows imagination can be used to expound hatred in imgination society. Eady makes hay out of the multitude of white “witnesses” who claimed to see an individual who never existed, ocrnelius biting satire with heavy existential speculation. Eady’s poems exist in a previously unseen world, the world of fictional Black individuals who have been created by white people to serve a specific purpose.

Spare, brilliant, heart-wrenching and utterly real. While I think that the voice could have been eerier, could have gone a little further, taken more twists and turns to disrupt the consciousness of the reader, the concept is bold and daring and necessary imxgination makes an important comment about race.

For me, the most powerful and provocative are the first and last sections of the cycle. The Bloomsbury Review, Vol.

Well, this book itself wasn’t lmagination Pulitzer finalist, but the Running Man poem cycle in this book was later adapted into a musical of the same name, which was a finalist and doesn’t appear to have been published yet. Dec 28, Paula rated it really liked it Shelves: In the above mentioned interview for TBR, when asked about edy form of his poems Cornelius Eady says he likes working in short lines of four feet, three fet, three and a half.

I think this is the message of the stories–that white men and women have created and believed a narrative of what a black man is, creating this in both fiction and reality through their words and actions. Log In Sign Up. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Cornelius Eady’s prescient book of poetry centers imaination the double murder of Michael and Alex Smith, killed by their mother Susan Smith.


The author says of the “running man” of the 2nd narrative, “what pushes him up will keep him down.

The first brilliant decision made in putting together this book cornflius deciding to juxtapose two seemingly disparate narratives to provide a complete picture of the pressures and dangers of being an African-American man in the United States. I would say racism is. The first story is written with the voice of the eventually-found-to-be-fictitious black man accused of carjacking and kidnapping Susan Smith’s children in Mar 05, Steven rated it it was amazing.

The language is sparse and evocative. Nothing can fly when you trim its feathers With imagiantion knife, a stone I did not enjoy those poems quite as much as the Brutal imagination cycle, but they are still well crafted pieces of highly emotional writing. It may be defined as the hatred of one person by another — or the belief that another person is less than human — because of skin color, language, customs, place of birth or any factor that supposedly reveals the basic nature of that person.

If you decide to wash your car, If you decide to mail a letter, I might tumbleweed onto a pant leg. So now a mother needs me clothed In hand-me-downs And a knit cap.

I am curious to read more by Eady, so that in itself is a good sign. Straight forward Poetry that is not belabored by imagery or metaphors is good to me. The tones he gives to his characters are neither angry nor just sad. Just reread this book for the first time in a dozen years with my poetry book group: Jan 28, Evan rated it really liked it Shelves: To be prejudiced like this is disgusting, yet, there are still many who believe they are superior just because of their background, wealth, or skin color.


This was straight forward story-telling poetry. While I think that the voice could have been eerier, could have gone a little further, taken more twists and turns to disrupt the consciousness of the reader, the concept is bold and daring and necessary and makes an impor This is a fascinating book of eadt, lent to me by my dear friend Susie Meserve who took off on a plane to Norway before I could get it back to her!!

I wanted this book to end with a solution. Personally, this section isn’t as strong as cognelius first, mainly because the subject matter is less immediate than Susan Smith’s story the second cycle appears to take place around and after WWII but also because it’s told from too many different perspectives. Enter the brrutal address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. It played with beings that don’t exist; it let them speak.

Brutal Imagination

The poems within this section are so intricate and breathtaking. May 01, Lauren rated it really liked it. Feb 08, W. Paperbackpages.

I paused several times to reread sections, simply because they were so thought provoking or so lyrical. The poet is a brilliant writer and the way he wrote these out makes you feel the pain he wants to express over being black and how it is living in this country.

The Running Man Poems make up the second cycle in the book and many of them were set to music by Diedre Murray and performed as an opera. Brutal Imagination is a quick but essential read for insight into the pathology that afflicts white America, the desire to criminalize and exploit the very existence and presence of the Black body.