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From a student's confrontation with a teenage streaker, to a company man's complete undoing at his summer party, Michelle Brown's Safe Words finds rich darkness in happy partnerships. A maiden name is "handed down / like a sweater", a taxi ride "ends... at someone else's life". Played against a backdrop of pop culture, late-night swagger and vivid imaginary landscapes, ...more
Paperback, First, 80 pages
Published April 18th 2018 by Palimpsest Press
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Khashayar Mohammadi
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, canadian
This book really surprised me. The narrative arc was delightfully unexpected in a way that I had not experienced in a long time. It started off quirky and cute but smoothly transitioned between emotional states, ending on a high note the likes of which I have experienced in very few poetry collections.

I absolutely adored it. great craftsmanship!
Jill S
Jan 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, canadian
This was a solid mediocre poetry collection for me. While there were a few lines that I found beautiful and that resonated, there wasn't a particular poem or poems that have stuck with me past the first reading. I found this collection a bit too obtuse and difficult to find meaning in.
Marilyn Boyle-Taylor
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful collection. Brown's images and shifting comparisons are thought provoking, exposing the reader to new perspectives, and her groupings are spot on. An enjoyable and rich read.
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