About Michael Brown ...

Teacher, Poet, and Traveling Man

Michael R. Brown has published his poetry, fiction, travel articles and columns in wide-ranging periodicals all over the world.
His fourth book of poetry, The Confidence Man, was just (2007) published by Ragged Sky, which published his Susquehanna in 2003. See samples below.

  • "Ein Dichter und weltenbummler"-- Die Welt
  • "The Jerry Garcia of performance poetry."--WBUR/NPR
  • "Rascal-artist-angel-wonder...at the same time." -- Paul Stokstad, Poets at 8, Fairfield, Iowa
  • "...radical, an extremist, and possibly a threat to the national security." Stazja MacFayden, editor, MAP of Austin Poetry
  • "He has the mind of Bertolt Brecht in the body of Grizzly Adams." -- poet Jack McCarthy

  • His Dr. Brown's Traveling Poetry Show is an ensemble of poets who perform their own poetry in theaters.

    About Michael Brown ...

    Teacher, Poet, and Traveling Man

    Michael R. Brown has published his poetry, fiction, travel articles and columns in wide-ranging periodicals all over the world.
    His fourth book of poetry, The Confidence Man, was just (2007) published by Ragged Sky, which published his Susquehanna in 2003. See samples below.

  • "Ein Dichter und weltenbummler"-- Die Welt
  • "The Jerry Garcia of performance poetry."--WBUR/NPR
  • "Rascal-artist-angel-wonder...at the same time." -- Paul Stokstad, Poets at 8, Fairfield, Iowa
  • "...radical, an extremist, and possibly a threat to the national security." Stazja MacFayden, editor, MAP of Austin Poetry
  • "He has the mind of Bertolt Brecht in the body of Grizzly Adams." -- poet Jack McCarthy

  • His Dr. Brown's Traveling Poetry Show is an ensemble of poets who perform their own poetry in theaters.

    A sample from Michael Brown ...

    A sample from Brown's The Confidence Man

    The Handyman in Summer (Ed Anderson)



    Leaning over the cross bar of an old swing set,
    wire brush bowing oxidized iron off an upright,
    I'm first cello in Sibelius's Second Symphony.
    Wind runs its hand over damp grass.
    Thick, unstable clouds tumble above.
    My music invites them down to swirl about my head,
    shake pine cones rattling to their inevitable thump,
    roil the river, bring birches to applause.

    Fine dust settles in dull patina on my sweaty arm.
    I fling my energy abroad from these shiny points
    where stubby wires scatter rust, burnish metal, make
    bright brooding music upwell below clouds andante.

    Thumps of a hammer come to temper my bow.
    Birds catch passages in their beaks and fly on,
    streamers of song fading beyond rushing trees.
    I suppose I'd like Yo-yo Ma more if I had not
    heard Rostropovich first. One cures silence,
    the other overwhelms noise, and now I'm thrashing
    dissonance with my saw hands playing in my head.

    A sample from Michael Brown ...

    The Vagrant (Stan Weiss)

    I look back in my life and see vast stretches of dry
    brown sand marked by charred stumps of bridges
    I have burned. Nubs worn to less each year.

    More sun. No moisture in the wind to feed what
    once grew. Los arroyos de los llanos estacados,
    dry washes west of the Pecos to Borracho, Texas.

    I see my sons still children in my dreams, could recognize
    them among millions, and have no idea who they are.
    This tough stone brain has put off reverie beyond reprieve.

    Nothing matters about any of it in all that I am now.
    Patient parents watch for prodigal sons, but it's a heavy
    curse for faithful children to wait on a vagrant old man.

    I am known in the cities of the world, and only trace with my eye
    beyond where scratchy paths are erased by dust. All my families
    are not mine. All my children belong to someone else.

    I will go on. I have always done so. I do it well.
    But only the greedy or foolish let me approach a bridge.
    When I arrive at a shore, people know I seek conveyance.

    The world has been worn round by men like me.


    From Susquehanna. For further poems of Michael Brown poems and to purchase this book, go to his website.