Parnassus Books is thrilled to welcome local poet Bill Brown for a discussion and signing of his new book, Elemental."Bill Brown’s wonderful new collection of poems, Elemental: A Memoir, ponders the eternal question of 'How we become/who we become.' Now entering his seventh decade, the poet looks back over his own life to ruminate on the many ways that 'myth invades our private lives' and creates the memories we cleave to over time. The mind at play here displays some of the virtues those of us who have known and loved Brown’s work for years have come to expect – a deep, reverential love for the natural world; a deft hand with homespun metaphor; a keen eye for the 'unmarketable/small wonders' so habitually overlooked in the chaotic rush of contemporary life; and a plainspoken and modest narrative voice that calmly inspires confidence in readers. What seems new here is a kind of Zen-like quality that has infiltrated and enlarged the poetic consciousness of these late life poems, lending them a marvelously limpid quality that urges a complex and unsentimental acceptance of our mutual human fate. Would that we all might reach a similar point of spiritual maturity as we make our own journeys. Barring that, we have Bill Brown’s poems to inspire and sustain us." - Kate DanielsBill Brown is the author of nine collections of poems, and Important Words, a writing textbook. He has twice received Fellowships in Poetry from the Tennessee Arts Commission, a Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Arts, and a Scholar at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. Brown was awarded the Writer of the Year 2011 by the Tennessee Writers Alliance.
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