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Brother No One,

Brian Henry

Brother No One, Brian Henry


Publication Date: 15-Jan-13 | ISBN: 9781844719181 | Trim Size: 216 x 140 mm | Extent: 84pp | Format: Paperback

UK & International Distribution: Grantham Book Services | Publishing Status: ActiveShop online at HiveFind your local bookshop




Written during the George W. Bush era, the poems in Brother No One take their bearings from our surveillance society, where no action or transaction goes unnoticed. Everything, from vacation spots to email messages to food choice, becomes part of the surveilled tableau, and the lines between victim, bystander, and perpetrator become blurred. The CIA regulates the sun’s rising and setting, cameras lurk behind mirrors, and every human interaction becomes fodder for film. Brian Henry takes on these issues with dizzying energy, examining their effects on language, the body, perception, and the possibility of human love. Brother No One is searingly political, deeply personal, and wholly idiosyncratic.


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Asleep, the Structure; Unmoving, We Remain, Unmoved; Something Dark Indeed; Water & Weather, the Sun; Disguise; Teeth-Tiered; Lipica; Audition; 97% of the Population Live Within Five Miles of the Coast; Interior: Airport Bar; Rolling Meth Lab; Orchestrating Flight; Baited Sonnet; Irritable Bowel Sonnet; Us Two; Arkitekt [Through a Glass Darkly]; Powerwalker Sonnet; Cruelty Free Sonnet; Divine Residue; Arms & Weather, the Stars; Submarine; Actually Sounding, or Bad-Ass Cassowary; Particle & Parcel; Big Big ; CIA Sunrise; Festive Occasion; Awkward Acquaintance in Autumn; Histrionic Tendencies; Ghouls; Tink; Devil’s Snare; One for the Man; Boyish Figure; Sidewalk Cachet; Brother Witch; Foundation; Beaten to the Punch; The Migraine Sonnets; Gray Easel; Brother No One


“[Brian Henry] offers a powerful re-calibration of the senses, shifting our attention beneath the surfaces and skins of things.” —Publishers Weekly


“[Brian Henry] … entices the reader into the hidden crevices and empty spaces of daily existence.” —P.N. Review


“Henry is a keen observer who writes from a constantly changing perspective.” —Jacket



Brian HenryBrian Henry is a U.S. poet, translator, editor, and critic. The author of nine books of poetry, he has received numerous honors for his work, including the Best Translated Book Award, the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award, a translation fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a grant from the Slovenian Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has co-edited the journal Verse since 1995, and his criticism has appeared in such publications as the Times Literary Supplement and New York Times Book Review. He translated Woods and Chalices by Tomaž Šalamun and The Book of Things by Aleš Šteger.

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