poetry quarterly

10th anniversary


Jamie Brown


McPherson Square

Pawnshops clustered among
the colors of neon and rust,
massage parlors nestled in

next to fast food restaurants,
cold drafts from subway vents
harbingers of winter, rum drunk

from paper bags in the streets
where trash emulates fallen leaves,
romantic, in the same way the age of

polio was romantic. Hypothermia
stalks the alleys, mugging
the old and life-weary

while churchbells ring, and the old
die, and the young die, but it is
fall in the city, such a pretty season.


Jamie Brown holds the MFA from American University (1988), where he studied with Frank Conroy, Henry Taylor, Myra Sklarew, Linda Pastan, James Alan McPherson, and Terry McMillan. He is Founder, Publisher and Editor of The Broadkill Review, Founder/Director of the John Milton Memorial Celebration of Poets and Poetry (in its tenth year), and Director of the Dogfish Head Poetry Prize. He teaches at Wesley College in Dover, DE, after over a decade teaching at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. He also taught the first Creative Writing class ever offered at the Smithsonian Institution. He was the Fiction Editor of The Washington Review of the Arts, Contributing Editor for The Sulphur River Literary Review, Poetry Critic for The Washingon Times, and was a member of the Poetry Committee of the Folger Shakespeare Library. His fiction, non-fiction and poetry have been widely published (including in translation in Hungary), and five of his plays have been produced in the DC Area, one of which swept the four major awards in the 2007 One-Act Play Competition in Milton, DE. He is the author of two books of poems, a chapbook, Freeholder and Other Poems (Argonne House Press, 1999), and a full-length collection, Conventional Heresies (Bay Oak Publishers, 2008).


Published in Volume 11, Number 4, Fall 2010.