The Four Seasons
Publication Date: June 2018
Written as a kind of poet’s daybook between May Day 2015 and May Day 2016, The Four Seasons tracks an impossibly weird and utterly ordinary year through memoir, anecdote, aphorism, lyric, and joke. Of course other things happen: the poet has a birthday, cooks lavish Thanksgiving dinner with his friends, visits the land of the dead. The poet is in love, the poet watches the Super bowl, gets high, talks shit, Prince dies. This page-turner is obsessed with one time (a year) but casts forward and back through seasons gone and imminent. Weather won’t tell you what time of year it is in Oakland—but The Four Seasons is a bellwether of what reeks and sings in our world today.
Brandon Brown is the author of five books of poetry, most recently The Four Seasons (Wonder, 2018), The Good Life (Big Lucks, 2016) and Top 40 (Roof Books, 2014) He is also the author of several chapbooks, and three collaborative volumes of Christmas poems with J. Gordon Faylor, most recently The Cloth Bag. Poems and prose have recently appeared in Art in America, Open Space, Fanzine, Art Practical, New American Writing, The Poetry Project Newsletter, and Best American Experimental Writing. Brown has an MFA from San Francisco State University. In 2015, he won a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and in 2018 was awarded the inaugural Toni Beauchamp Prize in Critical Art Writing. He is an editor at Krupskaya and occasionally publishes small press materials under the imprint OMG! He lives under the long shadow of little Albany Hill in El Cerrito, California.