Gaylord Brewer Barbaric Mercies

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"Gaylord Brewer’s Barbaric Mercies is a book of extraordinary and delightful individuality. Alternately aggressive, outrageous, whimsical, and heartfelt, the poems are never predictable but always authentic. The author has such a genius for phrasing that there are many lines that make the reader stop and sigh or smile. A dark and delicious volume."

―Dana Gioia


"Barbaric Mercies, Mr. Brewer’s finest book of poems yet, seamlessly weaves a rich tapestry between landscape and longing, the poet’s big heart for language and his voracious appetite for making an impact on this life. This is a visionary collection, a lasting celebration to travel, leaving familiar turf for the unfamiliar, reveling in the simple beauty of words, gestures, images. If there is anything 'barbaric' about this book and these poems, it is their striving to make an indelible impact on our consciousness as readers. Their taking hold of our imaginations and our moods hearkens back to Whitman’s 'barbaric yawp,' that shouting/singing only the best poets seem to do rather effortlessly and with resounding ability."

―Virgil Suárez

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Gaylord Brewer is a professor at Middle Tennessee State University, where he founded and edits Poems & Plays. He has published 500 poems in journals, six chapbooks, and three full-length collections: Presently a Beast (Coreopsis, 1996), Devilfish (Red Hen, 1999, winner of their inaugural book competition), and Four Nails (Snail’s Pace, 2001). His play Dog My Cats debuted at the NeST (New Southern Theatre) Festival in Nashville in June, 2001. His literary criticism includes David Mamet and Film (McFarland, 1993) and Charles Bukowski (Twayne/Macmillan, 1997). Brewer’s most recent residences were at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, New Mexico, and at the Centre d’Art i Natura in Farrera de Pallars, Spain. He is a native of Louisville, Kentucky, and earned a Ph.D. from Ohio State University.

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The effect is noir in nature, as if these voices belong to detectives examining all earth's improprieties, or the criminals that commit them. The poems, however, are not seedy, but instead gorgeous in their language and pulse. --Mid-American Review

He is a rare bird, really, a poet of both wit and compassion. --Chiron Review

Those who shun security and conventionality will appreciate Brewer's divining rod for the contrary and his need to document it. --Blueline

Barbaric Mercies, Brewer's finest book yet, seamlessly weaves a rich tapestry between landscape and longing, the poet's big heart for language and his voracious appetite for making an impact on life. This is a visionary collection. --Virgil Suarez

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