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Michael Brown’s poems have been widely-published in magazines such as The North, Southword and The Rialto, as well as in two pamphlets. In this debut full-length collection, we find new poems on sacrifice, transformation and territory as well as the hesitations and derailments of adult life. Brown often combines meditative intensity with an immanent sense of coalescence, something deeply human. The poems find their purchase in edgeworlds, seeming to interrogate mortality and morality in memorable, chiselled lyrics. This debut will only enhance his reputation as a terrific performer and an important new voice.
‘Michael Brown's spare meditations on language, fatherhood and masculinity announce the arrival of a movingly honest and nuanced new voice.’ —Clare Pollard
‘Carefully honed, wistful poems plunge us into the experience of a man through glimpses of many men - the hungry, restless and searching.’ —Maria Isakova Bennett, Editor of Coast to Coast to Coast Journal
‘The musicality of this writing is marvellous, as is its sure-fire deployment of snap-shot visuals which resonate far beyond themselves.’ —Sinead Morrissey on ‘The Jamestown Brides’ commended in McLellan Poetry Prize 2018