As a poet, Braxton defies the premature comfort that may accompany change; his is the fierce preservation of traditions of the near past, an affirmation that genuine poetry involves tracing a people's diverse states of being and thought. Braxton's work is an affirmation that the prophecy that lends power to the jermiad burns productively in "the suffering soul / of a real black artist." Do not ask what is real. Feel what is audacious in the flames of anger as redemption.
Jerry W. Ward, Jr.
April 10, 2011