Call It Mist

Winner of the Three Mile Harbor Press Poetry Prize

“In its polyvalent beauty and sonic delight, Call It Mist defines for us, via wry and sly sharpness of images and wit, elusive emotions as they settle into and around us. Making a meeting-place for understanding, M. L. Brown offers us poetry that “conjures the way for everything,” that is unafraid to “ride the rust of the road” or “set your teeth to the edge of the cup.” These radiant poems invite the reader to “trace the path of your swaying against the heavens.” In Call It Mist the dailiness of the pastoral and the lure of the ekphrastic merge, creating a layered and profound conversation with the constant act of living, and the language we use to we navigate it.”

Khadijah Queen, author of I’m So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On

“In Call It Mist, M. L. Brown practices a kind of lyric distillation, purifying and condensing meaning into a sumptuous sparseness, an almost crystalline austerity. It’s matter that gives a word weight, and in her brilliant lines each word is heavy with import, with resonance. She traces a subtle narrative of coming of age, coupling, winter, hunger and distance in these passionate and beveled poems.”

Marsha de la O, author of Every Ravening Thing

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Winner of the Claudia Emerson Poetry Chapbook Award

Drought by M. L. Brown

“Containers crack, / no longer hold—” opens “Lamentation,” one of the key moments in M.L. Brown’s stunning Drought. What kind of containers? “[P]ickle jars, row boat, / mother’s arms.” These poems dance between absence and presence, erasure and invocation. I cannot call them elegies, because they’re brimming with the bright particulars of a life in motion. But just as a bee’s death can be embedded in its sting, ache often hides within ecstasy.

      Contest judge Sandra Beasley, author of Count the Waves and I Was the Jukebox

“These are spare, smart poems written out of the interior world.”

       Susan Rich,  author of Cloud Pharmacy and The Alchemist’s Kitchen

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