How the Body Works the Dark

How the Body Works the Dark: New and Revised Poems shows Derrick C. Brown digging back into unperfected work with fresh insights and new revelations that only come from stepping back from the scene and engaging as an outside observer. These new poems and edits strengthen the haunting, funny, and erotic collection of love poems, fitting within the book as if they've lived there all along.

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Who is Derrick C. Brown?

Derrick C. Brown is a novelist, comedian, poet, and storyteller. He is the winner of the 2013 Texas Book of The Year award for Poetry. He is a former paratrooper for the 82nd Airborne. He is the owner and president of Write Bloody Publishing, which Forbes and Filter Magazine call “…one of the best independent poetry presses in the country.” He is the author of eight books of poetry and four children’s books. The New York Times calls his work “…a rekindling of faith in the weird, hilarious, shocking, beautiful power of words.” He lives in Los Angeles.

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Janet Fitch

Author of White Oleander 

Derrick Brown doesn't just report from the human condition, he sings it— capturing how it feels to be absolutely alive in poems that are simultaneously romantic, wacky, soulful, wounded and full of wonder.

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Joel Lovell

Deputy Editor of NYT Magazine

There’s something that happens when you read Derrick Brown, a rekindling of faith in the weird, hilarious, shocking, beautiful power of words... When you read any of his work...or when you have the fantastic fortune to watch him perform it in person, you yourself are a bit more alive.

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Eugene Mirman

Derrick Brown makes the often unbearable art form of poetry a true, unexpected joy. I think
there's a reasonable chance he is America's greatest living poet and you will enjoy his work. 

Comedian and voice actor

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H. Jon Benjamin

Comedian and voice actor

Derrick’s poems, for me, are so generous. Generous in their wit and honesty, mesmerizing fragments of vivid memories. Like sitting next to the most fascinating drunk stranger and hearing his tales. All of them are happily part of my life now.

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David Cross

Comedian and actor

I wish I had written "Patience." I mean written it down on paper. I've thought it to myself several times in different countries, but now Derrick has re-earned my trust after initially losing it by naming his book, Scandalabra, with a pun.

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