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You Envelop Me
Laynie Browne




Omnidawn
2017 • 88 pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry - American / Poetry - Women Authors / Poetry - Death, Grief, Loss

$17.95 Paperback, 978-1-63243-038-0



Laynie Browne’s You Envelop Me, a book-length elegy for Patricia Browne...in Laynie’s book I find some instruction in how to be in mourning, and loss not as a deadening... [continued in Reviews below]”—Dan Beachy-Quick, Poetry Magazine

A poetic elegy exploring birth and loss

How does one in mourning converse with those absent, yet ever present? How is a motherless daughter conceived? What befalls those who succumb to waves of grief akin to contractions of birth? You Envelop Me is woven from contemplative practices that permit us to approach the unimaginable. The world with the beloved removed is permanently altered, perhaps most significantly in the way the living learn that indispensable vision occurs beyond the visible world.

Reviews / Endorsements

“...Laynie Browne’s You Envelop Me, a book-length elegy for Patricia Browne...in Laynie’s book I find some instruction in how to be in mourning, and loss not as a deadening of life but a threshold into a truer attention to it. Here the poem, the page, is a daily ritual that seeks balm where there is harm without ever denying the harm’s fact—for Laynie, I think, the poem is a kind of healing magic.”
—Dan Beachy-Quick,
Poetry Magazine

“Browne’s grieving subject is the threshed and chafing ample grain of her own grief. Just so, You Envelop Me is a panoply of vibrancy—the opening pages are filled with the presence of angels and birds and textiles and treasures—even as it tries to work through the death and deep absence of a loved one. The jarring tension to which Browne exposes us in You Envelop Me is the insatiable abundance of the world that rims around and shadows every total loss.”—Kylan Rice, Galatea Resurrects Blog

Laynie Browne’s You Envelop Me, written in the tradition of elegy, attempts to come to terms with the continuing presence of absence. The work calls to mind the recent work of Susan Howe (This That) and Cole Swensen (Gravesend) as Browne locates the departed as motion, a wave, birdlike.  Mourning in these captivating poems becomes it’s own birth—a birth where death engenders new life, and changes the terms of what it means to be alive inside grief, within a word, in this world.—Claudia Rankine



LAYNIE BROWNE’s most recent books include P R A C T I C E (2015), Scorpyn Odes (2015) and Lost Parkour Ps(alms), in two editions, one in English, and another in French (2014). Her honors include a 2014 Pew Fellowship, the National Poetry Series Award (2007) for her collection The Scented Fox, and the Contemporary Poetry Series Award (2005) for her collection Drawing of a Swan Before Memory. She teaches at University of Pennsylvania and at Swarthmore College.



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