DF Brown - GHOST OF A PERSON PASSING IN FRONT OF THE FLAG

Start: 
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 7:00pm
Location: 
2421 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005

War is chaos. Combat is an incoherent jumble of grunts and screams and shards and fragments and flashes and fears. It is not linear, it does not make sense, and its aftermath leaves no solid line between what was and what is. Yet poets for centuries have tried to impose order on what is simply not orderly. This is the great—and truly unique—achievement of D.F. Brown: his poems are disorderly. They are jagged, jarring, disturbing, unsettling. They begin in the middle and end nowhere. They confound time and geography. They are haunting, baffling, troubling. You want to know what war is like? Immerse yourself in these poems. They are brilliant. —W.D. Ehrhart, Editor Carrying the Darkness: The Poetry of the Vietnam War


Born and raised in the Missouri Ozarks, D.F. Brown served as a medic with Bravo, 1/14th Infantry in Vietnam, 1969–70. Educated at the University of Missouri and San Francisco State University, he is the author of Returning Fire, The Other Half of Everything, and Assuming Blue. His work has been anthologized in American War Poetry, Carrying the Darkness, and Unaccustomed Mercy. Brown lives in Houston.