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
SynopsisA dead bridge. A dead theory. The Bering Strait theory, dead to Native peoples, whose hundreds of creation accounts dispel those of anthropologists. This new collection by Mohawk poet, James...
SynopsisA Brief History of Time, Beers’ first collection of poetry, is at once an exploration of what it is to grow up in rural America and a treatise for social...
SynopsisThis is Luke Kennard’s fourth collection of poetry and departs from his previous work in its scope and outlook. The prose poems and dramatic monologues run deeper and, the verse...