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The Cairns: New and Selected Poems by Bill Brown

Bill Brown is the author of ten collections of poetry and a writing textbook. His most recent book, The Cairns: New and Selected Poems represents over thirty years of writing and publishing poems. He shares insight into his close relationships with his parents, his wife, and his friends as well as a harmony with nature.

The Cairns: New and Selected Poems represents over thirty years of writing and publishing poems, by author Bill Brown, beginning in the early 1980’s. The title poem uses cairns, stacked stones, metaphorically: “I stack words to remember what words alone/can’t say. The tongue is an eye, a poet wrote, / not just a choking muscle, fumbling with age. / The earth a grave of lost words, stones / and children’s bones; a cairn, itself, crude and holey… .”

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