Pam Brown

Jennifer Strauss reviews 'True Thoughts' by Pam Brown

Jennifer Strauss
Friday, 11 September 2020

Since her début in 1971, Pam Brown has been a consistently intelligent and engaging presence in Australian poetry, if too often under-represented in those reputation-establishers, the anthologies. One pragmatic reason for this may lie in a further element of consistency, the formal structure of her poems. Poems that spin their way down the page, resolutely short-lined, or ones that fragment lines and thought into zigzag patterns across the breadth of the page, are faithful to the characteristics of the New Australian Poetry celebrated in John Tranter’s 1979 anthology of that title. They are characteristics that Brown has honed finely over the years. They are also, from the point of view of anthologists and, more powerfully, their publishers, wilfully heedless of that most brutal constraint, the number of pages available for any given anthology.

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A few pages into this collection we read the line: ‘all of it is lies’. ‘It’ signals the irritation that motivates much of Pam Brown’s writing in click here for what we do. Memory, in these poems, is a problem. Brown’s is very much a poetry of movement: she desires to stay light and mobile, not to be detained by memory ...

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Pam Brown is Poet of the Month

Australian Book Review
Thursday, 26 April 2018

ABR: Which poets have most influenced you? PB: Influence is transient – it changes all the time. I can’t always pinpoint it directly or say which poets might be most influential on my poems. From the mid-1960s I read everything – the French, the Dadaists, the Eastern Europeans, Vladimir Mayakovsky. Gertrude Stein reigned supreme for me ...

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I love the whole world
          she said,
  without sounding

           (Agnes Martin
                          said it) ...

to think the

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on the first night
coo coo cooroo
falsetto blues singer

       blinded by the hurt
       coz I'm
       blinded by the hurt

troubled refrain 
slowly building
backing singers

       it's intersubjective
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States of Poetry 2016 - New South Wales | About Pam Brown

Australian Book Review
Monday, 22 February 2016

Pam Brown

Pam Brown is a dedicated professional amateur who has published many books, chapbooks and an e-book. She has been actively involved in a diverse gamut of poetic activity since the 1970s. P ...

Gig Ryan reviews 'Home by Dark' by Pam Brown

Gig Ryan
Thursday, 27 June 2013

Home by Dark is Pam Brown’s seventeenth book. She has also published ten chapbooks, including two collaborations. Brown’s poems are mostly elliptical, pithy, hewn into slight lines that imply or jest. Each poem manoeuvres and collects the everyday. It is an aesthetic of accumulation, a bricolage that ...

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