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 is the author of five books of poetry, most recently THE FOUR SEASONS (Wonder, 2018), THE GOOD LIFE (Big Lucks, 2016) and Top 40 (Roof Books, 2014) He is also the author of several chapbooks, and three collaborative volumes of Christmas poems with J. Gordon Faylor, most recently The Cloth Bag. Poems and prose have recently appeared in Art in America, Open Space, Fanzine, Art Practical, New American Writing, The Poetry Project Newsletter, and Best American Experimental Writing. Brown has an MFA from San Francisco State University. In 2015, he won a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and in 2018 was awarded the inaugural Toni Beauchamp Prize in Critical Art Writing. He is an editor at Krupskaya and occasionally publishes small press materials under the imprint OMG! He lives under the long shadow of little Albany Hill in El Cerrito, California.Author City: OAKLAND, CA USA