Our Poison Horse

Our Poison Horse

by Derrick Brown


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Our Poison Horse by Derrick Brown

Our Poison Horse is the newest poetry collection released by Derrick C. Brown. Brown is the winner of the Texas Book of The Year Prize, 2013. The New York Times calls his work a “…rekindling of the faith in the shocking, weird and beautiful power of words.” Brown finally sold the ship, The Sea Section, upon which he lived for years in the Long Beach harbor, after which he took to hunting for a city that was affordable and had a bustling writer’s community. He landed in Austin, Texas and when the progress of that town got to be intense, he moved to the nearby countryside in Elgin, Texas, and from that pastoral setting came unfurling this new collection of his most personal work to date.

Brown has been known as one of the most touring, well travelled living poets in America. He has based his whole writing career on changing peoples minds about poetry and he feels a quality, unforgettable live experience can achieve that.

Brown told himself he needed a 10-year hiatus from writing poetry when he felt the well of creativity had dried up. 2 years ago, he wrote a one-hour long ‘poetic play’ called Strange Light, commissioned by The Noord Nederlands Dans Group in Holland. The piece was performed by 14 dancers and accompanied by a live orchestra using music composed by fellow Americans, Emily Wells and Timmy Straw. While he was working on a new libretto for Wayne State University in Detroit, he was set up in a seemingly pastoral country setting, where, as Brown says, “an incredible war broke out inside and out, such bright, massive storms, snakes, guns, howling wind, hard sun: all kinds of poems gushed forth. I gave in to the process and my best work to date was born, this will be my 5th book.”

Our Poison Horse touches on more autobiography than the romantic and fantastical that was so present in his past work. In Derrick Brown’s words:

“I found a poetry in the real events that shaped or broke me. Every morning, I would quiet down, stare out into the field where we were watching our neighbors horse, a horse that was poisoned with pesticide by some local boys, a horse with massive scars all down its body from it’s skin peeling from the poison sprayed upon it maliciously by some bastard kids. I watched the horse heal and finally come to me, and trust me and eat carrots. Something about that horse, Lacey, about it not trusting me and then warming up pulled something out of me that I didn’t know I was ready for. There is a theme that in beautiful places, you will

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938912535
Publisher: Write Bloody Publishing
Publication date: 10/01/2014
Pages: 110
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

DERRICK c. BROWN is the winner of the 2013 Texas Book of The Year award for Poetry. He is a former paratrooper for the 82nd airborne and is the president of one of what Forbes and Filter Magazine call “…one of the best independent presses in the country”, Write Bloody Publishing. He is the author of four books of poetry

Read an Excerpt


Your life is ruined

when one lost person becomes a loved, low song

and you stop searching

for new music, convinced it will all sound the same.

Your life is ruined

when you won

Table of Contents

1 To Holler Among the Living

The Stargazer is Dying 1

Grackles War light 2

The Ruined Life 4

300 Bones 5

And the Shaving Cream everywhere 9

Swallow the House 12

Texas on a Saturday Night

Elegance 17

Johnny Cash and the Sad Trombone 19

You Gotta mean Business 20

All Hail the Kindness of Strangers 21

Bar Hop writing exercise gone wrong 23

Girl Pizza at Backspace in Austin 24

The Poet vs. too Many Drink Tickets

Sour Mash 29

Liberation Blues 34

Favourite Roller Derby Names 36

Another Problem with Poetry 37

The Yawner in the back of the Venue, Rolled Eyes, the Educated smile, the Nudged Ribs, the Sentimentality: Sentimentalité and Melodrama Puss, Lender of Left Hook, A Softness, zachtheid! And our willingness to be Suckered 38

Short Poems rejected by highlights Magazine 41

The Wandering how 42

Mender/Destroyer 44

Poem for weeds Tavern, Chicago 45

Mr. Marks 46

Nice Painkillers, Stay Haunted 48

Scientific American 49

Misplaced Compliments 50

Darkness, Early to the Party

Tongue on the Wall 55

They Loved You, but You Telegraphed too Much 58

Cake Week 60

You Will be Destroyed in Your Own Way 61

Field Manual on How to Use the Latrine While Wearing Mopp 4 Chemical Protective Gear 64

Seeing Blood in the Ocean 68

The Best Night 70

Louisiana vs. The Hair Club for Men 71

It's Fine 72

Toodleloo 73

Why Matt Takes off his Shirt in Every Art Gallery

What we Live Without 79

Not to be Reproduced 81

A Night out with Jeff Koons 83

Some of the Wildflowers 84

Eat this Sweet Cream, Runt 85

Romance is an Unsupervised Go-Kart Track

Places you should Kiss someone in California 91

Places you should never Kiss 94

Mulebreaker 96

Ode to my Voyage accomplice 97

What happened in Charles De Gaulle Airport 98

King Ludwig to Richard Wagner 99

Hey Kid 101

Lava 105

Our Poison Horse 108

Acknowledgements 111

About the Author 119

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