Kissing Caskets by Mahogany L. Brown


Like most young black girls growing up in Northern California, Mahogany L. Browne tussles with ideas of femininity & gender roles, addiction & the prison industrial complex, sexuality & seclusion. Inquiries of the living and dying survive on the pages of KISSING CASKETS as the reader is invited to do the self excavation. Each poem is a eulogized celebration of what we lose to the dark when no one is looking.

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A Cave Canem, Poets House & Serenbe Focus alum, Mahogany L. Browne is the author of several books including KISSING CASKETS (YesYes Books, 2017), a Blue Note Edition chapbook, REDBONE (nominated for NAACP Outstanding Literary Works), and DEAR TWITTER: LOVE LETTERS HASHED OUT ON-LINE (recommended by Small Press Distribution and Best Poetry Books of 2010). Browne has toured Germany, Amsterdam, England, Canada and recently Australia as 1/3 of the cultural arts exchange project Global Poetics. Her poetry has been published in literary journals Pluck, Manhattanville Review, Muzzle, Union Station Mag, Literary Bohemian, Bestiary, and The Feminist Wire. She is the author of an illustrated book Black Girl Magic (Roaring Brook Press 2018), co-editor of forthcoming anthology The Break Beat Poets: Black Girl Magic, and the Artistic Director of Urban Word NYC (as seen on HBO’s Brave New Voices). She is founder of Women Writers of Color Reading Room & is working with the Black Lives Matter Program at Pratt Institute. Browne is also the publisher of Penmanship Books, the Nuyorican Poets Café Friday Night Slam curator, and recent graduate from Pratt Institute MFA Writing & Activism program.

Kissing Caskets by Mahogany L. Brown
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