Naissance Chapbooks

Meghan Brown

Twenty-Six by Meghan Brown

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Meghan Brown has put together an alphabetical sequence of character studies at turns both poetic and prosaic, both rub of index finger against thumb and sweep of arm from full in to full out. An excerpt:


We only slept together twice, once after each funeral.

Our first encounter was unsteady and forgettable—we’d hardly known the woman. She’d been an elderly steel guitarist, the great-aunt of a mutual friend. After the service I’d slipped into the backseat, mistaking empathy for instinct, stretching for an excuse to live harder, faster. We weren’t dead, not yet. What else was there to do?

Months later, after my father’s memorial, we met again. It was dark enough. He kept the windows open. Surrounded by clean laundry in baskets, he peeled off my stockings leg by leg, kissing each exposed inch as it appeared, white and trembling.

My father was a grey-eyed jazz enthusiast with a rickety heart. My father was also a gentle man.

That night, it was difficult to pay attention. There was too much to think about. My skin, his skin, follicles and flaking cells, the muscle beneath, then bone. Life is for living, after all. Isn’t it? I’d known my father well.

I didn’t stay. House keys in hand, I watched the streets pass through the window. I had been unprepared for grief’s inconsistency, desire’s slow, inevitable pulse. We kissed briefly under the porch light. His hands were soft on my face. I should have closed my eyes.

—Meghan Brown

36 pages. $10, includes standard shipping within the Continental USA.


Twenty-Six, by Meghan Brown
Glory Glory, by Matthew Leavitt Brown
Traditions, by Michael Aro
Tickets for the Broken Year, by Dan Lewis
The Light That Shatters Darkness: Poems From the Spartan Mine, by David Bond
Finding Betty Crocker, by Amy Alexander
when the river is hungry, the river eats, by Tyrel Kessinger
Trouble Shooting, by Magdalena Sørensen
In the Dreamed of Places, by Julia Klatt Singer
Small Pomes for Average People, by B. Mason
The Hoax of Contagion, by Michael Leong
The Roman Alphabet In Its Original Contexts, by Karl Young
Third Ear, by Richard Kahn
Wear White And Grieve, by Jennifer Diskin
Forest Frottage, by John Martone
Some Mythology, by Jessica Breheny
Psychosis, by Steve Giasson
The Inside Scoop, New and Selected Poems, by Carlos Colón
Smoke And The South, by Peter G Res
Of Collocated Rhythms, by Felino A. Soriano
Regular Expressions: the facebook status update poems., by Jenny Hill
Watching the Windows Sleep, by Tantra Bensko
Variations on Ten Rounds, by Matthew S. Hinton
The Lost Shoe, by Martha Deed
The Goatfish Alphabet, by Kristen McHenry
Body Art, by Wendel Scutti
Open your I, by endwar
Illusions Delusions and Dreams, by Neil Ellman
Missed Preflections, Refracting Back, & Other Vectors of Days, by Kellar Wilson
Escaped Without Injury, by Carol Clark Williams
Outpost Entropy, by Candace Kaucher
No L, by Jennifer Hill
Roman Holiday, by Eileen R. Tabios
Two Poems, by Michael Aro