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Natural Causes
Brian Brodeur




Autumn House
2012 • 96 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Poetry

$17.95 Paperback, 978-1-932870-57-2



“In one wonderfully crafted narrative after another, the poems of Natural Causes address loss: of human memory, of life, of sanity, and of the connection to our... [continued in Reviews below]”—Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum, Southern Indiana Review

Winner of the 2011 Autumn House Press Poetry Contest, selected by Denise Duhanel.

Winner of the 2011 Autumn House Press Poetry Contest, selected by Denise Duhamel. Brodeur's second full-length collection showcases clarity of voice and sits in the domestic and poltical.

Reviews / Endorsements

“In one wonderfully crafted narrative after another, the poems of Natural Causes address loss: of human memory, of life, of sanity, and of the connection to our world as we grow into old age (and eventually die). While it’s perfectly fair to call these poems prosy, this is the first, most obvious observation one should make, and the underlying negativity of the term prosy when applied to verse exists in these poems purely for the fact that, yes, they are narrative; yes, they tell stories—not that they are flawed in some essential way. The second (and more worthy) observation a reader should make of these poems is how deftly Brodeur utilizes sound, meter, figurative language, and other more traditional poetic devices to spin these yarns in a way more akin to sermons, more akin to music, than to ‘stories with line breaks.’”—Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum, Southern Indiana Review

“Brian Brodeur’s poems embrace our shadowed selves—human frailty, ignorance, even the grotesque. In Natural Causes, he reminds his readers that what we hold dear—each other, animals, the planet—is often perilously close to violence and loss… an astute and valiant book, brimming with humanity.”—Denise Duhamel



BRIAN BRODEUR is the author of the poetry collections Natural Causes (2012), which won the 2011 Autumn House Poetry Prize, and Other Latitudes (2008), winner of the University of Akron Press’s 2007 Akron Poetry Prize, as well as the chapbooks Local Fauna (Kent State University Press 2015) and So the Night Cannot Go on Without Us (2007). New poems and essays appear in American Poetry Review, The Hopkins Review, Measure, The Missouri Review, River Styx, The Southern Review, Southwest Review, and The Writer's Chronicle. Brian is Assistant Professor of English, Creative Writing with a Poetry Focus at Indiana University East, where he coordinates the Veterans Writing Workshop of Richmond, Indiana.  

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