Poetry by Cory Brown


“Embracing the constraints of the haiku form, Cory Brown has written poems answering Frost’s question “What to make of a diminished thing?” with self-deprecating grace and good humor. Brown’s poems are rare delights ending in wisdom. They remind us that we don’t live “in nature” but rather that we are indivisible from the natural world, if only we’d stop erecting those nagging walls.”

Susan Gubernat, author of The Zoo at Night

“Modesty becomes a bravura performance in Cory Brown’s fourth book, Elisions. From its title poem, Brown deftly sculpts his lines into almost imperceptible haiku stanzas, as the double meaning of “elision” as “absence” and “overlap” plays out over the course of the book. These poems bring to mind the folksy, meditative wisdom of an Ammons poem, where the natural world enters as lived experience and teacher. The haiku form is so malleable in Brown’s hands that he is capable of grappling with subjects as large as the meaning of life, time, death, even beauty and melancholia, as well as shaping it into more personal narratives. Elisions is a beautiful book in its depth and quiet majesty.”

Sharon Dolin, author of Manual for Living

Elisions is the collection of poems by a mature writer in full possession of his talent. I found the experience of reading each of these poems, careful reflections that they are, unusually moving.  I congratulate the poet and all those readers who have a copy.”

James McConkey, author of Court of Memory

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