Poetry. In THE GOOD LIFE, there is no good life. And how could there be? In this so-so world where the coming desert meets the present pigs, where the sum of human flourishing meets the insatiable demands of capital, there obviously can't be anything "good." And yet, in the spirit of canonical disobeyers like Alice Notley, Dante and Icona Pop, Brandon Brown stubbornly make songs out of what's still savory: friendship and feeling, sin and sensibility. And so it sings. This short book of long poems holds out for a future dominion of smiles while putting its nose in the carpet and breathing it all in.
Brandon Brown's books include THE GOOD LIFE (Big Lucks Books, 2016), TOP 40 (Roof Books, 2014), FLOWERING MALL (Roof Books, 2012), THE PERSIANS BY AESCHYLUS (Displaced Press, 2011), and THE POEMS OF GAIUS VALERIUS CATULLUS (Krupskaya, 2011), and many chapbooks, including Tooth Fairy (2008) and Memoirs of my Nervous Illness (Cy Press, 2006). Since 1998, he has lived in the Bay Area, where he has programmed literary events, edited small press materials under the imprint OMG!, and written about art and culture for Art Practical and Open Space, the blog and magazine of the SFMOMA. He is a co-editor at Krupskaya, organizes with the Bay Area Public School, and lives in Oakland.Author City: OAKLAND, CA USA