Properly Bruised

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Talking to Margaret Eby, Saeed Jones waxes poetic on his lexicon:

“I was obsessed with the word ‘boy’, in all its facets,” Jones says. “There are the racial connotations, but also the American-ness of the word, the way it’s used in an S&M context. I just kept turning the word over and finding more angles, more things to write about.”

His interview with Brooklyn Magazine also touches on Prelude to Bruise, Jones’ adolescent poetics, and the inherent danger in a little too much solitude.


Bryan Washington has written for Puerto Del Sol, Ninth Letter, and Midnight Breakfast, among others; he's also the recipient of a Houstonia Fellowship. He lives around New Orleans. More from this author →