From the beloved author of 100 Boyfriends, a wrenching, sexy, and exhilaratingly energetic memoir in verse.
In Ten Bridges I've Burnt, Brontez Purnell--the bard of the underloved and overlooked--turns his gaze inward. A storyteller with a musical eye for the absurdity of his own existence, he is peerless in his ability to find the levity within the stormiest of crises. Here, in his first collection of genre-defying verse, Purnell reflects on his peripatetic life, whose ups and downs have nothing on the turmoil within. "The most high-risk homosexual behavior I engage in," Purnell writes, "is simply existing."
The thirty-eight autobiographical pieces pulsing in Ten Bridges I've Burnt find Purnell at his no-holds-barred best. He remembers a vicious brawl he participated in at a poetry conference and reckons with packaging his trauma for TV writers' rooms; wrestles with the curses, and gifts, passed down from generations of family members; and chronicles, with breathless verve, a list of hell-raising misadventures and sexcapades. Through it all, he muses on everything from love and loneliness to capitalism and Blackness to jogging and the ethics of art, always with unpredictable clarity and movement.
With the same balance of wit and wisdom that made 100 Boyfriends a sensation, Purnell unleashes another collection of boundary-pushing writing with Ten Bridges I've Burnt, a book as original and thrilling as the author himself.
Brontez Purnell is the author of several books, most recently 100 Boyfriends, which won the Lambda Literary Award in Gay Fiction, was long-listed for the Mark Twain American Voice in Literature Award and the Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize, and was named an Editors' Choice by The New York Times Book Review. The recipient of a Whiting Award for Fiction and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Robert Rauschenberg Award, he was named one of the thirty-two Black Male Writers of Our Time by T: The New York Times Style Magazine in 2018. Purnell is also the frontman for the band the Younger Lovers and a renowned performance artist and zine-maker. Born in Triana, Alabama, he lives in Oakland, California.
- Publisher: MCD (February 13, 2024)
- Language: English
- Paperback: 144 pages
- ISBN-10: 0374612692
- ISBN-13: 9780374612696
- Item Weight: 1 pounds
- Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 7.5 inches