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A cure for poetic disorders, a remedy for prescribed notions of viewing the quotidian. Arthur's poems investigate how the ‘street rain became horizontal’ and how ‘an iris cranes to the sun.’
Here's what people are saying about expired Rx:
“Brandon Arthur has the uncanny gift to be both Personist (see Frank O'Hara) and Archetypal (see Robert Duncan) in his works. Looking OUT at the phenomenal, looking IN at the possibly even more phenomenal (but not immediately accessible to others), his poems truly ‘own’ their sound/vision/intelligence. expired Rx is a book unlikely to expire in the coming millennia (given, of course, the survival of writing).”
- Anselm Hollo, author of Guests of Space
“Brandon Arthur says ‘gravity.’ He says ‘run your finger along the grain.’ It’s the weight & texture of a good particular poem he’s referring to. These poems of his sure have grain to them, American grain, & they have gravity. First the vocabulary catches you. Then notice the ambiguity, how it opens an influence that is magical, even spiritual. A physical space for the unknown & uncertain to enter your life.”
- Andrew Schelling, author of Old Tale Road
“expired Rx is a cure for poetic disorders. A remedy for prescribed notions of viewing the quotidian. These poems understand how the ‘street rain became horizontal’ and how ‘an iris cranes to the sun.’ Brandon Arthur navigates the interstices of language and sound: a lattice of ‘disruptive landscape’ against the backdrop of ‘proverbial…shade.’ In an evening that resembles ‘something like loss,’ expired Rx hones our senses, then renders a new world.”
- Michelle Naka Pierce, author of She: A Blueprint
“In the poems of Brandon Arthur’s expired Rx, words and lines are accordion-jointed and expand and contract to each other, sometimes kaleidoscopically, in tumbling observations, sometimes clipped in dialogic bits of exchange. Though pacing and rhythmic action vary, this is a writing of quick-draw observations on syllable-tight timing, and life is sensed in the movement: a delight of active poetry.”
- Reed Bye, author of Join the Planets
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Paperback: 70 pages / Poetry
Published: May 2010
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