Cover Art: Krista Franklin
Cover & Interior Design: Alban Fischer
Paperback, 42 pages
Nov 15 2017, ISBN 978-1-936919-49-9
Kissing Caskets by Mahogany L. Browne is the second title in our BLUE NOTE EDITION Chapbook Series. A variation of our Vinyl 45s, these titles will not be limited run so enjoy and enjoy and enjoy!
About Mahogany L. Browne
A Cave Canem, Poets House & Serenbe Focus alum, Mahogany L. Browne is the author of several books including Kissing Caskets a Blue Note Edition chapbook (YesYes Books), Redbone (nominated for NAACP Outstanding Literary Works), and Dear Twitter: Love Letters Hashed Out On-line (recommended by Small Press Distribution and About.com 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 & working with 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. Browne
you love too much
you sing too much
you laugh too much
so loud and bright stop
its like you challenging the world
its almost like the world knows
you ain’t never been worn against
About Kissing Caskets
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 a eulogized celebration of what we lose to the dark when no one is looking.