Look at you there: holy,
solid, and still, as if all night
you had been walking the dark paths
of a once-familiar wilderness,
of predation and mishap
nearly piercing you the whole way
— and now you’ve come
to a clearing and are standing there
under the blessing of the moon.
You cannot forget
the sounds that terrified you
but without them
pushing from all sides
you would not be here now.
Look at you, holy:
honoring the howling as holy;
as holy as this silence,
as holy as this light,
as holy as all else.
I’ve posted a rare public note on the craft behind this poem on my Patreon account, if you’re interested.
Just made the 2020 anthology of my year’s work, “Variations on a Fugue State,” to all patrons. 24 chosen poems in either ePub or PDF format. Become a patron for as little as a dollar a month and you too could partake…
I have eBooks/PDFs of my work available for sale to those who might be interested. All were previously offered as rewards to various tiers of my Patreon subscribers (a program I will be continuing there, btw). If you want access to the most recent collections as they come out, I’d go there. Just sayin’.
The titles include:
Five separate annual “best of” collections from 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021. I release these annually, so 2022 and beyond will eventually be here, as well.
“Then Play On,” a chapbook of poems about music
“Pushpins and Thumbtacks,” a volume about icons and cliches of American culture
“Noted In Passing,” a revised eBook of a chapbook from 2012 that was a limited edition written for a single feature
“White Pages,” my collection of poems related to race and its role in my life
“Decay Diary,” a collection of poems about aging
“In the Time Of Contagion,” a collection of poems about you-know-what
“The Wrong Flowers,” a prose/poetry meditation on the state of the USA in 2020
“Show Your Work,” an eBook version of an earlier, out of print chapbook.
“The Day,” a selection from 20 years of poems about 9/11/01.
Minimal # of repeats among the collections.
All are available as either PDF and ePUB formats.
If you are interested, let me know with a comment on this post. Right now? They are 1 for $5 through Paypal, 3 for $12. We can talk about more if you want more.
Just uploaded “A Head Of Flames,” an eBook of my selected poems from 2019, for download by my Patreon subscribers.
Just finished uploading a new eBook, “Pushpins And Thumbtacks,” to my Patreon site as an exclusive for my patrons. It’s a short collection of 10 poems on icons and cliches of American culture revisited, mostly recent and some developed as a result of prompts from patrons themselves.
While all of the poems appear here on the blog, I find that pulling together collections of them helps to focus and increase their impact.
All it takes to be part of the Work and support what I do at the Patreon site is a measly $1/month for many rewards; larger pledged amounts get access to more. I sincerely appreciate the support I receive and try to give back as much I can.
It has been difficult lately, but I hope to get back in the full swing of the Work shortly.
The Patreon site is here.
Just wanted to call out the fact that of late, there’s been a MASSIVE influx of interest in the blog, with hits jumping from 20-30 a day to the 130-160 a day range. Thank you if you’re part of the new surge.
If you like what I’m doing, you can support my continued efforts with a monthly contribution to my Patreon site. For as little as $1 a month, you can gain access to exclusive behind the scenes posts on my work, critical essays on the work, and special collections — chapbooks and eBooks for the regular patrons.
While I guarantee that all the content here will always be free and available to all, I think the extra, curated content is a valuable extra.
If you’re interested, the link for that site is here. Patreon site
Thanks in advance, and as always, thank you to my readers whatever your choice here. Knowing you are out there is very comforting to me.
I don’t mention my Patreon site here very often, mostly because it’s chugging along fairly well through social media exposure alone. That said, I’ve started a new project there that involves audience participation of sorts, and I’d feel bad if I didn’t offer you all a chance to get in on the fun.
The description is on the sit for patrons only, but the gist of it is that I’m working on a series with an aim toward creating a book at some point that will be available to patrons before anyone else sees it, as well as some tiered rewards that I’m still developing.
If you’d like to get in on the fun, you can for as little as one dollar a month minimum pledge.
Information about how Patreon works and how to get involved can be found here:
Tony’s Patreon site, of course.
Thought I would take a second to update you all on the Patreon site I use to help support my work.
I’ve had a couple of patrons drop from the site in the last couple of months due to other financial obligations. Completely understandable, and no shame attached.
That said…just wanted to say that even if you can’t become a patron for an artist’s work, letting other people know about it through social media sharing and word of mouth can be a big help.
On my site, even a minimum pledge of a dollar a month gets you weekly patron-only posts about the work, and right now I’ve even made an exclusive eBook available for download for ALL patrons — a “Best of” collection of poems from 2017. It’s right there waiting for everyone and anyone who pledges.
Thanks again to everyone, patron or not, for any and all of your support.
Well, I have officially posted 335 new poems (including a few heavily revised oldies that were so altered I called them “new”) on the blog this year.
I think, based on the next few days’ schedule and a couple of projects I have to complete for my Patreon site patrons, that I will be calling it there for 2017. No worries about being back in strength in 2018, though; plans and a couple of drafts are already afoot.
Thank you all for reading my work this year and in years past, wherever you are. There are regular readers and followers here from all over the world, including large contingents from India and the Philippines, which always gratifies and astonishes me.
I love hearing from you all, so don’t be shy — comment! Let me know who you are and what you’re thinking.
Again, many thanks and let’s look forward together to 2018.
Just letting folks know that the Patreon site I set up to help fund some of my work has been growing quite steadily, and as a result I was able to pay for a host of Web-related fees for this and the band’s site at the beginning of the month.
I’ll be releasing a limited edition eBook of selected poems as a perk for higher-level patrons in September, which is exciting.
If you want to check out the site, it is at https://www.patreon.com/TonyBrown. Always happy to have new patrons, btw…
And the band’s Website that I mentioned earlier? That’s at http://theduendeproject.com .
I’ve started getting even more patrons on the new Patreon site, and have begun putting up some short critical essays on aspects of my poetry that are available to patrons only.
It’s gratifying to have some of you be willing to offer some material support for what I do. It’s already making a difference in my monthly resources, and for that I thank you from the bottom of my ink-stained heart.
I want to reiterate that the POETRY, all of it, will ALWAYS be here and always be available for free. Only supplemental content will be available on the Patreon site behind a paywall of sorts. This may include some eBooks, videos, audio, etc., but the poems will always be here.
If you’d like more information on all of this…you can use the link below, and there’s also a link up at the top of the page on the Dark Matter blog itself that can help you.
Thanks in advance,
Tony Brown’s Patreon site
I’ve recently made a number of posts, including a short essay on recent poems, over on my Patreon page. For the most part, these are available to those who have pledged at varying levels there.
I want to stress that all of the poems I write will ALWAYS remain available here for free. But in an effort to earn some income from this work, I think that providing more deeply curated and connected selections, along with some expository prose, is a good way to go.
If you’d like to consider being a part of that community, the link above can show you how to do it. in addition, there’s a permanent description and link to that site in the pages seen at the top of the Dark Matter site itself.
Thanks for your time.