“Cornelius Eady’s poems sing America, as Whitman’s did, but amending our national bard, they are mindful of the distance between his America and ours. Race, culture (especially music), family history, and urban life are all in play in a vibrant imagination for which “The sweet worth/ Of pushing/ Any damn wall” is both a “necessary lesson” and a credo. In language brilliantly exact, superbly rendered, by turns harrowing and humorous, it’s no wonder Eady has grown into one of the country’s most admired poets.”

— David Rigsbee

 

The War Against the Obvious is the second publication by Jacar Press in the Greatest Hits series. This chapbook series, founded by editor Jennifer Bosveld at Pudding House Press nearly two decades ago, was acquired by Sammy Greenspan of Kattywampus Press in 2010. Jacar Press was asked to take over the series under the careful eye of series editor David Rigsbee.

Included with the poetry book is a Bonus album download, Hanging Out with Ms. Sparkle, by the Bow and Verse Project. Words and Music: Cornelius Eady