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These poems lead us from the birth cry in a hospital delivery room, to dusk and revelry in Spain, to modern-day Florida and history-laden Mississippi where Trayvon Martin and Emmett Till were slain. Even when
what Brown has set out to do is grieve loss, his lines move with a buoyant, marrow-deep music, percussive and rich. They move like 'a train, bound to a destination' and they arrive with 'the crackle lightning makes when it hits.'
F. Douglas Brown writes on behalf of the families we make and the families that make us. Poets like Robert Hayden and Elizabeth Bishop join lovers and kin in shaping his magnanimous craftsmanship and compassion. The late poet Stanley Kunitz once said he wrote about his life in order to amplify it. Likewise, this engrossing debut makes our world more vivid, transformative, and transcendent. Zero to Three is simply a triumph.--Terrance Hayes "National Book Award Winner, Lighthead "
From the hectic blur of family dynamics amidst raising young children, F. Douglas Brown's Zero to Three reminds us there is much to learn about what shapes parents into better people.--Samantha Duncan "The Rumpus "
These are those rare poems that actually make you feel grateful to be a human and to have been given the privilege to love (and sometimes loathe) oneself and others in the most complicated of ways.--Keetje Kuipers "Poetry Northwest "