Critical Context

(Literary Essentials: African American Literature)

Eady has become a critically acclaimed poet, and Brutal Imagination has garnered favorable attention. In this and other work, the poet evinces an astute awareness of how cultural images can define people and how popular anecdotes can shed light on the sources and effects of prejudice. Eady’s crisply drawn and well-focused images are worthy of a reader’s attention, but an extensive corpus of critical works about Eady’s poetry has yet to appear.