Night Echoes

In the prologue of NIGHT ECHOES a father advises his young daugh- ter that, to truly understand another person, you have to “go to sleep at night in her bed; dream her dreams,” The poems in this collection do just that. Using the voice of an omnicient narrator, Brown enters the dreams of a wide variety of dreamers, offering glimpses into the realities of a frightened boy, a sad widower, a harried young mother dreaming of escape, a woman whose nights are filled with thoughts of violence and many more.
Divided into three sections, the poems in this outstanding collection are like mini-novels. Brown’s style is that of a “people’s poet” and her range of voice is astounding. From the “stimulated” wife of “Dream Fulfilment,” to the dying pre-teen of “White Light,” Brown slips effort lessly into the skins and the dreams of her characters, providing each with a distinct voice and a unique vision.
Indeed, NIGHT ECHOES explores the parts of the self that are aces- sible only during sleep. Like dreams themselves, these poems explore human hopes and fears as Brown moves effortlessly between the darker side of human nature and the joy and relief that dreams can offer. In this, her fifth collection, Brown displays a strength and maturity that is impressive. But beware, once you read this book, you may find the characters who inhabit her night world echoed in your own dreams.
Well known poet, anthologist and editor Gary Geddes says of NIGHT ECHOES…. This book “is a strong, confident and at times oving book… The pieces here inhabit a poignant limbo, or No-Man’s Land, between the lyric and the short story. …My favourite piece is ‘Midnight at the Holiday Inn,’which…[is] not only interesting and cleverly constructed, but also very evocative. It ought to serve as the basic script for a film about ghostly visitations, nocturnal emanations. Perhaps it will. A CANTERBURY TALES for our times, though without the priests and other ‘professionals.’”

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