Powered by a fierce, compassionate intelligence, Brain Camp explores with clarity and vividness a wide spectrum of emotions—love to hate, tenderness to brutality—all from a perspective both universal yet distinctly Webb's. Metaphors of startling aptness and originality, a voice at once endearing and provocative, high musicality, propulsive energy, wild imaginative leaps, as well as a mastery of diction from lyricism to street-speak, create a reading experience of the first order. These poems go down easy, but pack a wallop. As Robert Frost said poetry should do, Brain Camp "begins in delight and ends in wisdom."
About the Author
Charles Harper Webb is the author of numerous poetry collections, including Reading the Water, Liver, Tulip Farms and Leper Colonies, Hot Popsicles, Amplified Dog, Shadow Ball: New and Selected Poems, and What Things Are Made Of. His poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, the Pushcart Prize, and Poets of the New Century. Webb has received the Morse Prize, Kate Tufts Discovery Award, Pollak Prize, and Saltman Prize, the Whiting Writer's Award, and a Guggenheim fellowship, among other awards. He is professor of English at California State University, Long Beach, and teaches in the MFA in creative writing program there.
Table of ContentsContents Dedication Part I Moth Winter Song Thanks Again Explanations Respect American Dream Postmodernism Missed the Opry Someone Else’s Life Dairy Farm Things We Know Why Are People So Mean? Use of Force Breathalyzer In the Face, Hard How Can I Exceed Your Expectations? Suitcase Hospital Brain Camp Part II Watermelon Made in Heaven Praying Mantis on a Chain-Link Fence Friar Towhee Strangers Questionable He Bangs Woe to the Defeated The Sad Case of History After the 5-K Walk to Beat Breast Cancer The Cat’s Meow My Son Dreams That a Shark Ate Me Fishsuit Sheep Tickle Me Chrysanthemums Webb Could Say Less, May Be? Nada Part III Invisible Alpaca Elixir Plumbed Wine Thirst Chelonian Rhapsody Introspection after Fear Factor Haunted Watch for Dwarfs, Beauty Mark The Wish to Jump in a Car and Just Drive The Best Part of the Day At 5 a.m., the Only Sounds Thank You, Carol White Stowaway Celeste Approaching Poetry That Thing To Raise My Ghost The Good Survives Acknowledgments