Praise for Saeed Jones:
"Jones is the type of author who’s greater than sought after: he’s desperately needed."—FlavorWire
“This e-book leaves your physique reworked in a fashion that poetry should." —ElevenEleven
"I get shout-happy while I learn those poems; they're the gospel; they're the excellent news of the maintaining strength of mind's eye, tenderness, and outright joy."—D. A. Powell
“Prelude to Bruise works its tempestuous mojo just below the surface, wreaking a candy havoc and rearranging the heartbeat. those poems do not dole out mercy. Mr. Jones certainly dipped his pen in fierce prior to crafting those stanzas that rock like backslap. Straighten your skirt, youngsters. The doorways of the church are open.”—Patricia Smith
“It’s an immense publication, a big e-book. A game-changer. magnificent, brutal, actual. not only significant, caustic, and impassioned yet a piece that brings history—in which the non-public and political are inter-constitutive—to the fast second. Jones takes a reader deep into lived event, right into a charged international divided between risky but entrenched traces: racial, gendered, political, sexual, familial. right here we take up every one quiet resistance, every one whoop of pleasure, an information of violence and of hope, an insufferable ache/loss/yearning. this isn't only a “new voice” yet a brand new music, a brand new manner of making a song, a brand new track made from deep grief’s wildfire, of burning intelligence and of all-feeling middle, scorched and seared. In a poem, Jones says, “Boy’s physique is a music basically he can hear.” yet now that we have got this booklet, we will be able to all pay attention it. And it’s unforgettable.”—Brenda Shaughnessy
“Inside every one starvation, every one wish, speaks the voice of a boy that admits ‘I’ve constantly desired to be dangerous.’ this isn't a risk yet a promise to wreck clear of the illness of silence, to make audible the tales that difficulty the size of masculinity and ache the well mannered conversations approximately race. With extraordinary grace, Saeed Jones situates the queer black physique on the heart, the place his visibility and vulnerability nurture emotional energy and the irrepressible power to assert these areas that have been as soon as denied or withheld from him. Prelude to a Bruise is a bold debut.”—Rigoberto González
From "Sleeping Arrangement":
Take your hand out
from below my pillow.
And take your sheets with you.
Drag them below. Make faux ghosts.
I cannot have you ever damn the mattress springs
so retain nonetheless, retain quiet.
Mistake your self for shadows.
Learn the lullabies of lint.
Saeed Jones works because the editor of BuzzfeedLGBT.