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 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
M. L. BROWN is also the author of Drought, winner of the Claudia Emerson Chapbook award. Her work has appeared in Valparaiso Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, Blackbird, and Tinderbox, among other journals and anthologies. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Antioch University Los Angeles and lives in Santa Barbara, California. Please visit her website: www.emelbrown.com.
Publication Date: March 2019
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