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The Sleep That Changed Everything
Lee Ann Brown

Wesleyan Poetry Series

2003 • 192 pp. 6 illus. 6 x 9"

$17.95 Paperback, 978-0-8195-6622-5
$12.99 Ebook, 978-0-8195-7615-6

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Playful, sexy poems illuminate a rich multiplicity of experiences.

Offering both subtle and immediate pleasures, Lee Ann Brown’s generous new book extends her unmistakable, original voice, every bit as Southern as it is avant-garde, gracious without being naive. Abounding in a playfulness of style, including songs and ballads, the poems in The Sleep That Changed Everything are by turns funny, serious, insightful and moving. Botanical and scientific language are used here as collage elements to chart cycles of desire and emotional transformation. Brown is committed to Whitman’s idea that we all have many selves; thus her work embraces the immediacy of the New York School, the personal and literary wildness of the Beats, the word play and political astuteness of Language poetry and an eroticism all her own. In poems that are both highly literate and plain-spoken, Brown makes the life of the soul directly available in all its renegade garb.

Reviews / Endorsements

“Shout, whisper, and strum these mercurial poems, old-time lyrics, and inventive translations and transpositions. Lee Ann Brown’s The Sleep That Changed Everything is a sprung formalist ode to the ‘open possibilities’ of song.” —Charles Bernstein, author of With Strings

“An astonishing, wonderful book, top-of-the-line poetry. Poem by poem there is the pathway of her botanical vocabulary through a long poem—flowering, leafing, curling edges of her loving mind and heart. Her ‘life long love of language’ breathes here.”Robin Blaser, author of Even On Sunday

From the Book:

… do not flee
the garden there is
much to bloom yet
the bats & birds of
your innermost thoughts
are arriving from Fiesole

Leave the quiet & they
will find you even in
the talking streets

— from “the death of love is very different from the death of death"

LEE ANN BROWN is Assistant Professor of English at St. John’s University in New York City. A poet and filmmaker whose first book, Polyverse (1999), won the New American Poetry Series Award, she is also the founder and editor of the small press Tender Buttons.

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