Book Forty-Three


Brandon Brown

ISBN: 978-1-891190-43-8
Publication: 2020
Pages: 91

Brandon Brown is the author of several books, most recently The Four Seasons (Wonder) and The Good Life (Big Lucks). He has edited the zines Fuck You Longhair, Dee Dee's Kids, Sleep is the Enemy, Commonweal, OMG!, Celebrity Brush and currently edits Panda's Friend. He lives in the shadows of Albany Hill in El Cerrito, California.

Work is a sustained lyric study of all that happens in between the poet leaving their office at 4:30 in the afternoon on Midwinter's Day, 2018, and returning to it at 7:45 the next morning. The poem studies work through the lens of all that is apparently not-work, worrying the distinctions. The poet, after all, exercises the body, commutes, reads, cooks dinner, watches a film, brushes teeth, rests the body in sleep, elaborately dreams and transcribes, studies, listens. Literal work menaces the atmosphere, warning of its imminent return. But inside of that horror, and the political geography which accommodates its tyranny, there is a lot of pleasure. Smoldering indica, savory squash, saucy dreams, terrific soundtrack. Work joins the tradition of poems which respect the possibilities of a given day, which means, for this poet in this book, about sixteen hours.

Atelos Catalogue

Raw MaterialsAstrid Lorgange

Totality CantosBrian Ang

WorkBrandon Brown

Weak LinkRob Halpern

YavizaRoberto Harrison

The Rebublic of Exit 43Jennifer Scappettone

Merry HellSara Larsen

Notched SunsetsTim Wood

Journey to the SunBrent Cunningham

PreDictionaryMikhail Epstein

HowellTyrone Williams

One Last DitchErik J. M. Schneider

To After That (Toaf)Renee Gladman

The RoutePatrick Durgin & Jen Hofer

ParseCraig Dworkin

To The CognoscentiTom Mandel

The TransformationJuliana Spahr

NegativityJocelyn Saidenberg

Ultra VioletaLaura Moriarty

City EclogueEd Roberson

Open ClothesSteve Benson

Noh BusinessMurray Edmond

The Up and UpTed Greenwald

BlipSoak01Tan Link

Poetical DictionaryLohren Green

Tis of TheeFanny Howe

PlatformRodrigo Toscano

The CraveKit Robinson

Some Vague WifeKathy Lou Schultz

lighthouseM. Mara-Ann

Gardener of StarsCarla Harryman

ForthcomingJalal Toufic

Alien TattersClark Coolidge

VersimilitudeHung Q. Tu

R-huLeslie Scalapinio

Cable Factory 20Lytle Shaw

Pamela: A NovelPamela Lu

TrueRae Armantrout

Bad HistoryBarrett Watten