Raucous metaphor, vivid imagery, joyful bombast, larger-than-life. J. Bradley’s poetry is widely published and admired, the subject of wry laughter and shocked gasps the world over. In this, his first collection, he brings the full bore of his trademark poetic styling to the stuff of real life. Lust, love, contempt, disgust, parental guidance, and poetic revenge, crafted with unbridled imagination and unmistakable skill. Bradley’s poetry hearkens back to the times of childhood, when life was still interesting and imagination could bring cardboard boxes and discarded love affairs to life. Dodging Traffic grins while jabbing its thumb firmly in the eye of the academic poetry world.
J. Bradley has a pen attached to his heart. His heart has its own brain. His brain has its own heart, but we are unsure if there's a pen attached to that.
J. Bradley is the Veruca Salt of the literary chocolate factory, writing with a satirical brazenness that leaves cavities among the reader's eyes. There is a sugary darkness to his work and a lackadaisical charm; that of a black-market dental hygienist. J. delivers new audacity, important romance, and certainty. He acknowledges the sensational ugly without apprehension. His ideas are of an entirely different species and his wit knocks at postmodern...stunned today, laughing tomorrow. Dodging Traffic is the classic the sequel will forever envy.
[These] words are honest and raw, spilling our dirty secrets out before us as the beautiful experiences we can’t describe
Reading J. Bradley's Dodging Traffic is a lot like actually dodging traffic - both are unpredictable, thrilling, surprising. Prepare yourself, because these poems hit hard.