Poetry. Brandon Courtney's INADEQUATE GRAVE spins together like slits on a zoetrope, animating a single, tragic moment: the drowning of a best friend in the Arabian gulf during the Iraq War. Mulling over that moment the way only a mind under grief's sway can, INADEQUATE GRAVE is elegy-in-action. And in the tradition of great nautical writing, Courtney, regardless of how angry or devastated, never evades the sea's truly sublime power: "nothing / has changed: the water that drowns is still more / beautiful than the lungs it / enters." INADEQUATE GRAVE is both a farewell letter to the dead and a love letter to what killed him. INADEQUATE GRAVE is the inaugural title in the new Companion series of chapbooks from YesYes Books. At the heart of the pocket-sized volumes in the Companion Series is the acknowledgement that books are sometimes all that connects us to and keeps us in this world. With the purchase of each pocket-sized book, the same book will be donated to a veterans organization or an organization that serves at-risk youth.
Brandon Courtney is a veteran of the United States Navy, and the author of The Grief Muscles (The Sheep Meadow Press, 2014) and Rooms for Rent in the Burning City (Spark Wheel Press, 2015), as well as the chapbook, INADEQUATE GRAVE (YesYes Books, 2016). YesYes Books will publish a full-length collection in 2018. He has received fellowships and scholarships from Sewanee Writers' Conference, Colgate University, Juniper Summer Writers' Institute, and Seaside Writers' Conference. His poetry appears or is forthcoming in Best New Poets 2009, Tin House, Boston Review, Guernica, Memorious, The Progressive, and American Literary Review.Author City: New York City, NY USA