the louderARTS Project

Derrick Brown

Derrick Bown's work-both vibrant on and off the page- sizzles with jolting images and blasts of humor, yet retains a deep compassion at it's core. He has a heart the size of a Mack truck, but we're not sure who's behind the wheel.
• Jeffrey McDaniel, The Forgiveness Parade
Sincere, twisted and violently romantic. One of the best poets in Southern California.
• OC Weekly
Read Derrick Brown and then go fly kites with people in the park. He may get in your head and rearrange your slang. Beware.
• Aimee Bender, The Girl In The Flammable Skirt
I love his work. It transcends my forced metaphors. It haunts me like [simile here].
• Beau Sia, A Night Without Armor Two, The Revenge
Derrick Summons up an experience reminiscent of radio theatre at it's most engaging moments.
• Next Magazine
Derrick is... bizarre and funny
• Chuck Woolery as he shook his hand after losing on The Dating Game

American poetry was getting icky. Every critic hailed each boring new clone of Maya Angelou and Richard Brautigan as the next American Messiah for literature. Now, a violent romantic steps into the light to steal back poetry from the hands of the 'New Yorker' elite. A former paratrooper, gondolier, columnist, weatherman and 2nd place winner of the U.S. poetry slam, Derrick Brown presents us with If Lovin' You Is Wrong, Then I Don't Wanna Be Wrong the hilarious and heartbreaking collection of his underground work. His international tours of colleges, churches and bars are just as amazingly naked, brilliant and sincere as on the page. His lines sting, "I am worn like the steps to a children's mortuary" "I am the space between a boot and a land mine," scintilatting, "save your yelling for sex and riots," as well as healing, "It's not that i wait for you, it's that my arms are doors I cannot close."

WINNER OF THE CALIFORNIA INDEPENDENT BOOK CRITICS AWARD


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