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Patricia Spears Jones

PATRICIA SPEARS JONES is an African-American poet, playwright, editor and activist. Her most recent book is A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems. Her work is widely anthologized. She is Poets & Writers 2017 Jackson Poetry Prize winner. She is the organizer of American Poets Congress. She has taught at Adelphi University and CUNY. She lives in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.

A View from Prospect Heights

Just before New Year’s Eve, I dined with my friend Janet in a restaurant where the holiday decorations were monkeys. Monkeys dressed in Venetian robes—silk brocades, rich velvets.

The General is in the House

Nigger is a word that Baldwin detested. He could say it, but he could not use it as anything other than a pejorative.

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Patricia Spears Jones is an African American poet,  writer  and occasional blogger whose most recent collection is Painkiller (Tia Chucha Press) and is a Mentor for The Poetry Project's fellowship program, Emerge Surface Be.

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PATRICIA SPEARS JONES is an African-American poet, playwright, editor and activist. Her most recent book is A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems. Her work is widely anthologized. She is Poets & Writers 2017 Jackson Poetry Prize winner. She is the organizer of American Poets Congress. She has taught at Adelphi University and CUNY. She lives in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.

The Brooklyn Song

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Patricia Spears Jones is the author of seven collections, most recently the chapbook Living in the Love Economy (Overpass Books, 2014) and A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems (White Pine Press), Fall 2015.

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The Brooklyn Rail

NOV 2019

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