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.
‘[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
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