Today's poem is "Footling"
from Sister

Red Hen Press

Nickole Brown graduated from the M. F. A. Program for Creative Writing at Vermont College and has received grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women and the Kentucky Arts Council. She studied English Literature at Oxford University as an English Speaking Union Scholar and worked as an editorial assistant for the late Hunter S. Thompson. Her work has appeared in The Courtland Review, Diagram Magazine, Another Chicago Magazine, Chautauqua Literary Journal, 32 Poems, The Kestrel Review, The Writer's Chronicle, Poets & Writers, and the anthologies Sudden Stories and PP/FF. She also co-edited the anthology, Air Fare: Stories, Poems, & Essays on Flight. Nickole lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where she works at the independent literary press, Sarabande Books.

Books by Nickole Brown: Sister

Other poems on the web by Nickole Brown:
" A Translation For The Spiritual Mediator Who May Speak For Me To Sadie J. Carman, Wherever She May Be"

About Sister:

"At once fleeting and solid, Nickole Brown’s Sister is a quietly moving, deeply felt record of the burnished world, a lovely album of one pilgrim’s time on earth, thus far."
—Carole Maso

"Using umbilicus as guide rail, the speaker of Nickole Brown's Sister—an unflinching and deeply intelligent first book—undertakes a hair-lifting expedition back to her childhood so as to return herself to the arms of a younger sister both long neglected and longed for. Proving that narrative and lyric are never mutually exclusive, Brown pulls the reader down the rain—swollen rush of river where her past gurgles with the ‘sound of diesel,’ to reveal the pedophile—‘a man who simply // cannot stop.’ These poems, always stunning in their clairvoyance, advise us to take such experience and ‘simply / bury it, but bury it / alive.’ I cannot imagine a world in which one could read this book and not experience the confluence of dismay and wonder."
—Cate Marvin

"The poems that comprise this haunted narrative are speckled with waterbeds, frosted hair, home pregnancy tests, disco, cigarettes, and black-light posters. The story is of a childhood mired in the 1970s. It is a dark, almost unforgivable world, yet in writing these grim and vivid poems, Nickole Brown has dredged up that all too rare human gift—mercy."
—Maurice Manning

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