Outside Come In
My debut collection of poems, Outside Come In, was selected by Neil Shepard as the 2011 winner of the Bright Hill Press Poetry Award.
Come in. Come in to the prison classroom where Browne shares poetry and peaches with his students, come in to the body of a boy breaking into and out of manhood, come into an explosion waiting for its bullet. Itís a summons we canít quite accept, of course! But what a fearful pleasure we meet with when we do.
These beautifully made and deeply felt poems are marked by empathy, honesty, and a deep love of the art of poetry itself. I'm awed and inspired.
Outside Come In enters a world of violent experience and experiment, a world where language and sensibility are as edgy as the subject matter – war, imprisonment, family dysfunction – where language goes by code, by sound, as much as by perfect syntax and smooth semantic sense.