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I Love You Is Back

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Award winning Nashville author, Derrick Brown, who has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and has been the opening act for rock bands by performing his poems (Cold War Kids and The White Stripes) released the new poetry collection, "I Love You Is Back" during his last book tour of Europe. With a large worldwide cult following, Brown has delivered ..".a heart crushi ...more
Paperback, 107 pages
Published January 5th 2006 by Write Bloody Publishing
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I met Derrick a couple of years ago when I was awkwardly invited to read at the Las Vegas Poetry Festival (I'm not making this up). My Vegas boyfriend said that DB was a cool heartthrob poet that melted hearts and he was right. Derrick mixes weird Beck-ish wordplay with romantic notions worthy of Neruda. It's a beautiful mess, a delicious stew, and a dangerous blast of power and language.

From "The Uncaptured Orchestra":
Most of the poets I know are fat girls on roller skates.

From "Kvinne":
How man
Write Bloody Publishing
Feb 24, 2010 Write Bloody Publishing rated it it was amazing
“I love Derrick Brown for the surprise of one word waking up
next to another. One moment tender, funny or romantic, the
next, visceral, ironic and relevatory-here is the full chaos of
life. An amazing talent.
-Janet Fitch, Author of White Oleander

“He is probably America’s greatest unknown literary talents.
Derrick has blown honesty and humor into the darkness and
has somehow made poetry cool again.”

“Derrick Brown has written one of the greatest love poems
ever written. He is on
Ronnie Stephens
Dec 25, 2014 Ronnie Stephens rated it it was amazing
This book is an absolute blast to read. It's more than a collection - it's a thrill ride. 'All Distortion, All the Time' is the epitome of Brown's approach to this collection - namely, mess shit up and see where it takes you. Here you will find demons one-upping each other on a first date. Here you will find CPR class singles and whale pornos. Here, also, you will find the cold silence of an abandoned church.

The honesty in this collection is so brutal, so flawed. It has to be about love. Not the
Jan 26, 2015 Gabrielle rated it really liked it
Write bloody books, you have never disappointed me.
I discovered Derrick from his viral poem "instead of killing yourself" and became rapidly obsessed with his poetry and prose. I love his sense of positive nostalgia and his passion and woes are heart wrenching and beautifully rendered.
Matthew L.
Aug 26, 2007 Matthew L. rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to learn what *not* to do
Shelves: poetry
My review is too long. Go look at here:



In a nutshell, to quote myself:

"God I hope it's a vanity project . . . Read at your own peril. The peril of boredom and unwanted catatonia. Heavy handed? Maybe. But this book sucks. And not in a good way. That's my succinct and honest opinion. Sorry bubba. Oh and one more thing Derrick. Maybe stop writing about your drunken exploits as poetry. Bukowski you are not."
Brenna Clark
Sep 18, 2012 Brenna Clark rated it it was amazing
I can't say enough good things about Derrick Brown and his poetry. Since his appearance at a poetry clinic during my Freshman year of college, I've been infatuated with his unconventional style, wit, and use of the English language. Even if you don't consider yourself to be a massive poetry buff, I highly recommend picking up one of his books (I Love You Is Back has always been a favorite) - you won't be disappointed.
Mr. Stauffer
Aug 02, 2011 Mr. Stauffer rated it really liked it
I would say this is a very refreshing book of poetry. I've heard a lot of these poems performed live before, but it was nice to sit back and be able to take it at my own pace. I hope to take something away from Derrick's unbridled approach to figurative language.
Sep 03, 2009 Kara rated it liked it
Great & humourous one-liners!
Quick and easy read with the tone and irony of David Sedaris that mixes both depreciation, love, and the comedy of every day life.
Highly recommended.
Jul 05, 2011 Janet rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Loved this enough, I even gave it a quote on the back cover. When middle-aged cynicism starts crawling into my heart, time to reread Derrick Brown.
James Patrick Schmidt
Feb 20, 2013 James Patrick Schmidt rated it really liked it
Sometimes it's the words, sometimes it's the sentiment, but there's always something beautiful to drag you into these poems.
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Derrick Brown, former paratrooper for the 82nd Airborne, gondolier, magician, and fired weatherman, now travels the world and performs his written work. From Long Beach, CA, he is dedicated to bringing American poetry into rock and roll status.

As a poet, he has toured or performed with Indie rock act, Cold War Kids, The Decemberists, Comedian David Cross, Richard Swift, Pink Mountaintops and at th
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