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"Ray Brown's poetry is for everyman - and woman. His easily read poems give just enough for the mind to draw an image that can be completed - made into rich imagery - when they blend with the reader's own experiences. Ray's words are sometimes assembled in a way that makes a phrase glow with a human warmth that is so intense that the words burn into a place - maybe it's memory - that stirs the soul."  Mary McAvoy, author, "Love's Compass."

 "Ray Brown, a proud and formidable New Jersey writer whose work captivates readers by regaling them with poignant -- but never unnecessarily gilded -- stories via a comforting, familiar voice ripe with wisdom." Joe Vallese, editor, "What's Your Exit? A Literary Detour Through New Jersey."

"Ray has an incredible way of telling a story that keeps you wanting to read more.  The unfamiliar twist he adds, always reveals a gentle poignancy that is intensely sincere without being overly sentimental and saccharin."  Elijah B. Pringle III - poet - Philadelphia, Pa.

About the Author

Ray Brown lives in Frenchtown, NJ, 60 miles west of New York City and 50 miles north of Philadelphia, along the Delaware River. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey. His poetry has appeared in a number of literary print and on-line journals, was featured in The Star-Ledger of Newark and received a NJ Poetry Society 2009 Recognition Award. A reader at a number of venues in the New Jersey, New York, and Philadelphia areas, his poetry appeared on-line in Whats Your Exit? A Literary Detour Through New Jersey.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Infinity Publishing (August 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0741460742
  • ISBN-13: 978-0741460745
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,957,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Ray Brown is a Frenchtown, New Jersey poet whose work has appeared in a variety of literary journals and on-line.

He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey.

He writes poems about the world as it is - people's hopes and disappointments -in language that will capture your imagination - weave visual images - entice you to relax in the setting - reminisce -challenge you, at times, to think - and will constantly entertain you.

His language is crafted with care and skill - with a depth that can be appreciated by those who enjoy the art form, but with a writing style that allows everyone to be a casual reader - sit in their favorite chair - savor the experience, share in the emotion, think about life's questions raised. You will find poems that are companions that will walk with you throughout the day - be shared easily with family and friends - writing you will agree describes your life and the world you know.

Ray's words:

"In 1987, during a personal crisis, I began to write. Since then, from time to time, when the mood struck me I would write on the back of napkins, on reports in a business meeting, on index cards, in a little notebook and then at times with less distractions on a computer. During that time less that 6 people have read a portion of my work. I have always wondered whether other people would enjoy and appreciate them - and whether they were any good.

In December 2008, I first started to share my work with the public by posting it on a blog. The Poetry of Ray Brown I continued to post new poems there every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday."

Ray's poetry has appeared in The Edison Literary Review, FreeXpresSion, The Blue Collar Review, the River Poets Journal, 13th and 14th Annual Poetry Ink Chapbook, Moonstone Publishing, Philadelphia; The Star-Ledger of Newark; NJ Lawyer Magazine; received a NJ Poetry Society 2009 Recognition Award, PoetsSpeak on-line and will be published in upcoming volumes of the Big Hammer, the New Jersey Poetry Society Anthology, and The River. Four of his poems, have been featured as Poem of the Day by The New Verse News. His poetry was featured on-line in "What's Your Exit? A Literary Detour Through New Jersey"

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As someone who is distinctly NOT a skilled, nor an experienced, poetry reader, I found this book a perfect read. Simply put, this is not a book of familiar poetic rhymes and rhythms, this is a book of what might be better described as 'Anectdotal Prose'. As the latter portion of the title suggests, this is truly poetry for everyday life, as it tells small stories of simple pleasures and paints portraits of real people in glimpses of their journey's in life. It is clear while reading that the author has chosen each and every word with purpose and much consideration, there are no trite throw-away phrases or cliches. The form in which these poems is written is described in the introduction to the book as being a post-World War II break from traditional Haiku, and being introduced to this fact assists one in relating to the style. But truly you won't need to worry about that, you'll simply enjoy the work for its true essence and the rhythms will reveal themselves. Poetry afficionados will be familiar with the style I'm sure, but for the uninitiated, once you've let go of expectations of simple rhyme schemes and just enjoy the quality of this author's writing, you'll simply sink into your chair and enjoy. Of particular note are the title poem, "I Have His Letters Still", "The Measure of a Man", "The Last Thing He Wanted", and "My Father's Hands". Within his work, the author reveals himself to be a man defined by deep faith and deep love of family as well as life in general. Highly recommended as a gift to be given between father's and son's and an excellent coffee table gift book for the coming holiday season!
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By Edith Angelo on November 19, 2010
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Ray Brown has managed to blend the dichotomy of a sensitive poet with a poet who possesses real motivation. With this book Ray has given the reader a mere sample of his work, nearly a poem a day has been written since I heard him read the first one not much more than a year ago. He has skyrocketed himself into the public eye and has shared poems of real life, of touching, thrilling, or horrifying moments; feelings we all share and can relate to instantly. My favorites: 'I Learned to Kill for You' and 'This was Our Time to be Children' will send a shiver to your spine and tears to your eyes, but then you will turn a page and laugh because you, too, have been warned against 'Running with Scissors'. People describe Ray's work as 'Everyman's Poetry', but it is so much more than that. It is a glimpse into the mind and heart of a visionary who can take a picture in his mind's eye and spin it into words that, when the words reach the readers eyes, reassemble into the picture again but with enough space for the reader to embroider the image with his own thoughts, his own memories. Ray's writing is not pompous, not self righteous and so, it is not intimidating. One can pick up the book and start anywhere and find a wonderful vignette as spare and precise as a William Carlos Williams, as heartwrenching as an Emily Dickenson or as humorous as a Shel Silverstein. Ray's first book is an introduction to what I am sure will be only the first in a series of better and brighter stories to come. Buy the book. Skip 'Jersey Shore', get away from the computer, snuggle down in your safe place and read it. You will like it!
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By M. Ryan on November 19, 2010
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So much of today's "poetry" eschews true human feelings as sentimentality and speaks only to an elite group. We can be thankful that there are poets like Ray Brown, who speaks to all readers. From a handwritten letter, a flower, a father's hands, a sun filled window, Ray Brown, in simple direct language, touches the feelings that make us human---makes us connect with others. Read his poems slowly. Catch the pace he sets. Find the music in the pauses and phrasing that are just right for each poem. Enjoy.
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By M. Ivans on December 19, 2010
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I thoroughly love the way the poetry is written and the emotion that comes through each poem. "I Have His Letters Still" truly touches the heart.
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