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WCW – J. Scott Brownlee

October 9, 2014

J Scott Brownlee

J. Scott Brownlee

Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 7 p.m.

Williams Center for the Arts
One Williams Plaza, Rutherford NJ

Plus the words of William Carlos Williams
and open readings from the floor

Originally from Llano, Texas, J. Scott Brownlee is a founding member of the Localists, a literary collective that emphasizes place-based writing of personal witness, cultural memory, and the aesthetically marginalized working class. His poems appear in The Kenyon Review, Narrative, Beloit Poetry Journal, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Ninth Letter, Drunken Boat, RATTLE, The Greensboro Review, [PANK], BOXCAR Poetry Review, and elsewhere. He is the author of two chapbooks: Highway or Belief, which won the 2013 Button Poetry Prize, and Ascension, which won the 2014 Texas Review Press Robert Phillips Poetry Prize, and is a former Writers in the Public Schools Fellow at NYU. He currently lives in Brooklyn and is the Assistant Director of the University Learning Center for the College of Arts & Science at NYU.

Contact: John Barrale – john.barrale@gmail.com

Llano River, Sunrise

This morning dark, the light is turning
into morning. Slowly, clouds sift
sand and yellow perch. You walk beside
the river, falling in. Fish swim.
Fish swim the river. Falling in,
you walk beside the sand and yellow perch.
Clouds sift slowly into mourning:
this morning light. The dark turns
into mourning. Slowly, clouds sift
sand and yellow perch. You walk beside
the river, falling in. Fish swim
this morning dark. The light is
turning.

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