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Wonderfully Witty and Adept

We’d like to thank the good people at Verse Wisconsin for including The Brother Swimming Beneath Me in their roundup of seven titles by “younger Wisconsin poets”.

Of Goodman, reviewer Wendy Vardaman had many good things to say. Here are a few of our favorites:

Both the sonnet and the prose poem figure prominently, and Brent Goodman’s beautifully written the brother swimming beneath me includes examples of both. “First Queer Poem,” a Shakespearean sonnet that takes a little rhythmic license, is wonderfully witty and adept, adapting the form for fresh content, the subject of coming out…

The third section of Goodman’s book, “Spiral Course,” consists entirely of smallish prose poems. They don’t always hang together, but the best have a delicacy and tension created by sharp, surprising images, an underlying deadpan humor, and gaps in meaning that require their reader to leap like one of their characters “from atop the creaking armoire” in order to make sense of them, as in “[directions to my house]” or “[robots]” or “[bad birthday]” which concludes: “A week after the party and still the foil balloons wander around the apartment beating their heads along the stucco ceiling”(52)…

To read the entire review, which includes a discussion of books by fellow Wisconsinites Brenda Cárdenas, Nick Lantz, John Murillo, Matt Schumacher, Angela Sorby, and Bianca Spriggs, follow this link.

Brent Goodman and Suzanne Frischkorn in Conversation

Check out this great conversation between Brent Goodman and Suzanne Frischkorn about the experience of publishing a first book of poetry. Thanks to Boxcar Poetry Review for facilitating and posting this conversation.

Brent Goodman is the author of The Brother Swimming Beneath Me, which was published by Black Lawrence Press in 2009. The Brother Swimming Beneath Me is available from Black Lawrence Press and Amazon.

“Queer Poet’s Collection Fulfills Promise”

In a recent issue of the Pittsburgh edition of Out, Christine Doreian Michaels reviewed The Brother Swimming Beneath Me by Brent Goodman. Here are some of our favorite snippets from the review, titled “Queer Poet’s Collection Fulfills Promise”:

“An arresting title is something I hope to find in any book, but particularly poetry, where every word counts. Brent Goodman does not disappoint with The Brother Swimming Beneath Me.”

“(Goodman) transcends the hideousness of inexplicable suffering and early loss through an understanding beyond mere fraternal love to true Bruderschaft…If you only pick up a poetry book on rare occasions, make it this one.”

The Brother Swimming Beneath Me is available from Black Lawrence Press and Amazon.

BLP Sponsors the 2010 Lambda Literary Awards

Black Lawrence Press is pleased to be a sponsor of the 2010 Lambda Literary Awards. The Lambda Literary Foundation nurtures, celebrates, and preserves LGBT literature through programs that honor excellence, promote visibility and encourage development of emerging writers.

This year, two Black Lawrence Press authors have been named as finalists for Lambda Literary Awards. Congratulations again to Brent Goodman (The Brother Swimming Beneath Me) and James Morrison (Said and Done) for having their books chosen as finalists. We’re keeping our fingers, toes, and eyes crossed until the awards ceremony, which will take place on the evening of May 27th in Manhattan. Stay tuned…

National Poetry Month Wrap-Up

As April draws to a close, we’d like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the Black Lawrence Press authors who participated in our National Poetry Month feature:

David Rigsbee, “Pilot House
Marcela Sulak, “Pomelo With Fallen Angel
Shelley Puhak, “War
T.J. Beitelman, “The Inciting Incident
Laura McCullough, “The Ellisionist
Jason Tandon, “Work
Abayomi Animashaun, “A New Religion
Carol Guess, “Kicks
Joe Wilkins, “A Roadside Diner in Iowa
Lisa Fay Coutley, “In the Carnival of Breathing
Matthew Gavin Frank, “After Il Sergente Serbo e Sua Moglie
Michele Battiste, “Nobody Leaves
Katharine Rauk, “How Many Weeks are in a Day and How Many Years in a Month?
Brent Goodman, “Another Prayer
Stefi Weisburd, “Behind My Ear is a Little Palace in Broad Daylight
Larry Matsuda, “Arc de Triomphe, 2003 Invasion of Iraq
Sandra Kolankiewicz, “Winter Sonata
Frank Matagrano, “Waiting with Alexandria for Her Mom
Hayden Saunier, “Beach
Kevin Pilkington, “Milk
Michael Hemmingson, “Sedona
Erica Wright, “Reservoir
Keith Taylor, “At the Living Creche
James Reidel, “Ave Maria afarensis
Helen Marie Casey, “Mary Dyer’s Courtship
Brad Ricca, “Workshop
Daniele Pantano, “The Oldest Hands in the World
Julia Cohen, “Panic at My Wilderness
Rachel Galvin, “In Cambium Lucida

And most importantly, thank you to everyone who read, shared, and commented on these poems — you’ve made this event a big success!

Does it really make sense to try and write about books this good?

Dave Bonta over at Via Negativa has posted a new review of The Brother Swimming Beneath Me by Brent Goodman. In the review, Bonta poses the question: Does it really make sense to try and write about books this good? You can read the entire review here.

The Brother Swimming Beneath Me is available from Black Lawrence Press and Amazon.

National Poetry Month Spotlight: Brent Goodman


Dear religion, there is no afterlife.
I hope you don’t mind me saying this.

When you say heaven on earth
I think: the dead read minds.

When you think dust to dust
I say: this body is a riverbed.

Will the congregation please
recite what this wall of stained glass

is trying to tell you? Dear Buddha,
I’ve been knocking from the inside.

Heaven is not an ecosystem.
When I dream my brother visits me

it is my brother looking at his reflection
through my eyes, my sleeping tongue.

When we die we turn inside out and call
this turning a tunnel made of light.

Q: Do you remember where you were and what you were doing on the day you wrote the above poem?

A: Many poems arrive for me in journal scraps over several days. This one, though, came through one Sunday afternoon in one sitting, hunched in front of the computer with eyes closed and simply listening for lines. I don’t remember anything else of that day other than writing this poem.

Q: What is the last book you’ve read that made you want to grab a pen and write?

A: Shy Green Fields by Hugh Behm-Steinberg.

Q: What is the most sublime meal you’ve ever eaten?

A: The most sublime meal will always be the one I haven’t eaten yet.

Brent Goodman’s poetry collection The Brother Swimming Beneath Me is a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and the Thom Gunn Award. It is available for purchase at Black Lawrence Press.

BLP Celebrates National Poetry Month

Black Lawrence Press will celebrate National Poetry Month by featuring a poem by one of our authors every day on the blog. Each poem will be accompanied by a short Q&A with the author. Participating authors include:

Abayomi Animashaun
Michele Battiste
T.J. Beitelman
Helen Marie Casey
Lisa Fay Coutley
Matthew Gavin Frank
Rachel Galvin
Brent Goodman
Carol Guess
Sandra Kolankiewicz
Frank Matagrano
Lawrance Matsuda
Laura McCullough
Kevin Pilkington
Shelley Puhak
Katharine Rauk
James Reidel
Brad Ricca
David Rigsbee
Hayden Saunier
Marcela Sulak
Jason Tandon
Keith Taylor
Stefi Weisburd
Joe Wilkins
Erica Wright

So be sure to check the BLP blog every day in the month of April for some great reading!

Double Congratulations to Brent Goodman

It’s official: Black Lawrence Press is totally rocking this awards season.  First we got the news that both Brent Goodman and James Morrison were finalists for Lambda Literary Awards. Then we found out that James is also a finalist for a ForeWord Book of the Year Award. And just now we found out that Brent Goodman is a finalist for The Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry.

The winners will be announced on Thursday, April 29 at the New School in New York City. The event is free and open to the public, with a reception afterward.

The Brother Swimming Beneath Me is available from Black Lawrence Press and Amazon.

Finalists Announced for the 22nd Annual Lambda Literary Awards

We have some very good news to report. Two Black Lawrence Press titles have been chosen as finalists for Lambda Literary Awards. Major congratulations go to Brent Goodman who’s book The Brother Swimming Beneath Me is a finalist in the Gay Poetry category and James Morrison who’s book Said and Done is a finalist in the Gay Fiction category. The winners of each category will be announced on May 27th. More info here. We’ll be keeping our fingers and toes crossed until then. Actually, we’ll be pouring cocktails and toasting Brent and Jim. (Note: This blog post is being composed in the Hong Kong office, in a time zone appropriate for cocktails.)

In the words of Marc McKee…chariots!