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The Brother Swimming Beneath Me

The Brother Swimming Beneath Me BRent Goodman

The Brother Swimming Beneath Me is not just about loss, grief, a brother who succumbs to complications of leukemia at a young age; the poems within are also about addiction, sexual identity, enlightenment, jazz, Paris, and the Iraq War.


  • “...[T]he author's firm craft and uncommonly mature vision transform loss to a complex, buoyant beauty. ”
    —David Graham

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Brent Goodman

Brent Goodman's debut poetry collection The Brother Swimming Beneath Me (2009) was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award and a Thom Gunn Award. His next book with Black Lawrence Press, Far From Sudden, is forthcoming in 2012. A recipient of two Wisconsin Arts Board Fellowships, his work has appeared in Poetry, Diode, Green Mountains Review, Puerto Del Sol, The Beloit Poetry Journal, Pank, Devil's Lake, and elsewhere. Brent lives in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, where he's a professional copywriter, assistant editor for the online journal Anti-, and a certified Reiki Master teacher/practitioner.

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