Obama’s Children: Poems by Earl S. Braggs

Obama's Children: Poems by Earl S. Braggs. A young woman in a yellow sweater wearing a mask holds a megaphone. She is superimposed over a colorful background
Obama’s Children: Poems by Earl S. Braggs
ISBN: 978-1-948692-72-4 paperback
ISBN: 978-1-948692-73-1 ebook
December 2021

A universal quest for human dignity and acknowledgement made specific through the Black experience.

Author Earl S. Braggs stands with a red brick wall at his back. He is an African American man wearing a Trilby hat, a vest and jacket and a white shirt. He wears wire-rimmed glasses.
Author, Earl S. Braggs

A country boy from Wilmington N.C., Earl S. Braggs is a UC and Battle Professor of English at the U of Tennessee at Chattanooga. His awards include the International Jack Kerouac Literary Prize and the Anhinga Poetry Prize. Braggs is the author of fourteen poetry collections including Negro Side of the Moon and Ugly Love.

What people are saying about Obama’s Children:

If poetry is music, Earl Braggs is its composer. And what he composes
is jazz—smoky, sensual, serpentine stanzas of jazzy poetry at its
improvisational best: staccato-trumpeting lines, tempo-driven voices,
melodic repetitions, lowdown bluesy fragmentations of logic and sensibility.
Like Dorothy Parker’s take on love, Braggs’ poems “love…the corners” of our
hearts and minds, each “pure blue jazz” pouring into the corners of our
consciousness, ragtiming us into booty-shaking highs and tenor-saxing us into deep
deep downs. Such is jazz. Such is poetry. Such is jazz and poetry together.
And such is this jazz-riffing collection.

George Drew, author of Drumming Armageddon