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paper • 76 pages • 15.95
ISBN-13: 978-1-935536-42-0

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little dark

karen brennan

little dark is a hybrid collection of poems and prose threaded together by an act of memoir. Here
Brennan ruminates about “being” in the world, about her particular “self” through the tiny, distorted and
often occluded aperture of memory. These poems have as their obsession “seeing” and “looking” and
the failure of these acts to reveal anything definitive about our lives; instead little dark affirms mystery,
the dissolution of boundaries between the seen and unseen (or forgotten) world.


“Who Will,” from little dark:

If you want me to sing if you want me to talk to you

The idea a shadow swept of muscle

The skin of the world searingly flayed

Things shudder inside things on & on

A person's tiny humming brain for instance

Nothing new: tall shuddering blue everywhere

Later in the restaurant the music made me cry

If you want me to stay here always or leave or die

You were still in a coma your blue eyes briefly

About the Author

  • "There is a dream, a Traum, of tenderness in little dark, and in the dream, fast birds race against death. Loosed from memory, the truth of love hastens towards heaven on earth. In the imaged measure of these poems, Karen Brennan indites a new remonstrance. Her protest is every petal of a rose." - Donald Revell
  • "Brennan's is a poetics that creates form as it rises and enters air. But the voice of the book also sinks and enters earth. Here the elements of a life are animated, under hypnosis and talking. The poems, Zen-like. Like Gaudi's open cathedral in Barcelona, they do not have ceilings or limits. They have an articulated self (a little dark) navigating a wildly populated and open sky." - Barbara Cully

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