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Sister: Poems Paperback – September 15, 2007
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Using umbilicus as guide rail, the speaker of Nickole Brown's Sister an unflinching and deeply intelligent first book undertakes a hair-lifting expedition back to her childhood so as to return herself to the arms of a younger sister both long neglected and longed for. Proving that narrative and lyric are never mutually exclusive, Brown pulls the reader down the rain-swollen rush of river where her past gurgles with the sound of diesel, to reveal the pedophile a man who simply // cannot stop. These poems, always stunning in their clairvoyance, advise us to take such experience and simply / bury it, but bury it / alive. I cannot imagine a world in which one could read this book and not experience the confluence of dismay and wonder. --Cate Marvin, Ploughshares
The poems that comprise this haunted narrative are speckled with waterbeds, frosted hair, home pregnancy tests, disco, cigarettes, and black-light posters. The story is of a childhood mired in the 1970s. It is a dark, almost unforgivable world, yet in writing these grim and vivid poems, Nickole Brown has dredged up that all too rare human gift mercy. --Maurice Manning
Top Customer Reviews
Read it in one sitting for full impact. Then read it again.
There are not a great many poets who can tell a story with the sensitivity that Nickole was able to do with SISTERS. Some of the stories were difficult to hear. Nickole didn't hold back on any of her depictions--presenting the reader/listener with complex, flawed characters that were honest, vulnerable, yet at the end of the day, redeemable.
Louisville is fortunate to have such a dynamic writer in our presence.
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Glancing like a dove, Nickole Brown's poems pierce the heart's monotony,
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