Poetry collection by Bro. Yao (Hoke S. Glover III), Bowie State University professor and former owner of Karibu Books. His work has appeared in numerous publications including African American ReviewCrab Orchard ReviewObsidian III and Smartish Pace.

Poetry collection by Bro Yao (Hoke S. Glover)

“What does a man ‘trying / hard not to disappear / trying hard to stay / just above the world’ inherit? Like a line tossed from a fishing rod into murky waters, these poems aim to hook the illusive answers. With generosity, curiosity, and deep compassion, Bro. Yao’s poems cast a wide net of inquiry–of the man himself and of his elders–both ancestral and literary. With grace and tenderness, these poems admit what they know of the ‘sport and hunger’ and ‘excuse and mystery’ of mythical notions of manhood. Like his literary foremother, Lucille Clifton, Bro Yao undertands that to grasp wisdom and beauty, he need not to look further than the good times, troubles, and triumphs of his own lineal house.”
–Yona Harvey, author of Hemming the Water

“Bro Yao’s... long awaited first collection of poetry is a lyrical anthem of tradition, respect, and cultural history. Grounded in family and the revolutionary magic of Black survival in the West, Glover’s voice is mature and courageous. It walks the path of Henry Dumas but also recalls Toomer’s Cane and Walker’s For My People. Forceful and exacting, this is a voice of a poet sharing his personal ‘sankofa’ in verse, a wondrous journery that will inspire the generations and carve out a unique space in African American letters.”

–Brian Gilmore, author of We Didn’t Know Any Gangsters

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Brother Yao
Hoke Glover
Willow Publishing
Publication Date:
August 01, 2016