2nd Opinion: Michelle Chan Brown’s “The Clever Decoys”

May 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

In “First Home,” a poem from Michelle Chan Brown’s The Clever Decoys, a couple attempts to find tranquility beneath a new roof.  Brown employs terse two line stanzas and staccato sentences: “The wallpaper gave us cancer,” “Bake a pie and throw it,” divulging dismal glimmers into this dream gone awry.  She peppers this with aphorisms such as “We feel complete,” “Just what we’re looking for,” and “You, me, no need for company,” a call to keep the chin up, but which only deepens the depths of despair, exposing the ingratiating lies we tell ourselves in hopes of suppressing the inevitable.  “Close on it.  It’s falling down.” « Read the rest of this entry »

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