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Here is a fine book that dares to look into the heart of the personage of American abolitionist John Brown. Using all of the tools he can imagine Craig Paulenich plunges into the heart of the man and of America.


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Here is a fine book that dares to look into the heart of the personage of American abolitionist John Brown. Using all of the tools he can imagine Craig Paulenich plunges into the heart of the man and of America.

2 review for Old Brown: Poems

  1. 4 out of 5

    Larry Smith

    Here is a fine book by poet Craig Paulenich in which Abolitionist John Brown comes to life in the 21st century. The book rolls out as an engaged and lively portrait of Brown but also of our times. "Ablaze with searing and dramatic imagery, these acerbic reflections on the shadow man of resistance, brilliant and mad savior of abolition, 'the last Puritan,' Paulenich’s Old Brown, will not disappoint. The poet’s deft and use of quotations, correspondence, and historical documents reminds me of the Here is a fine book by poet Craig Paulenich in which Abolitionist John Brown comes to life in the 21st century. The book rolls out as an engaged and lively portrait of Brown but also of our times. "Ablaze with searing and dramatic imagery, these acerbic reflections on the shadow man of resistance, brilliant and mad savior of abolition, 'the last Puritan,' Paulenich’s Old Brown, will not disappoint. The poet’s deft and use of quotations, correspondence, and historical documents reminds me of the masters of such work, Paul Metcalf and Charles Reznikoff. This volume firmly places Paulenich in their esteemed company. Beyond historical reference, however, these poems reach into our own times with piercing relevance. Whether, despite the immensity of blood and gore, there will be a 'lantern in the house above the river,' you’ll have to decide for yourself. It’s clear these poems steer us close to the answer." ~Marc Harshman

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lmedvick

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