Sass Brown



Excerpt from Washington Independent Review of Books, June 2016
Poetry calls for immediacy and Sass Brown brings it and understands the strength in detail, almost as if the success of all poetry depends on her capturing a tiny essence and then making its meaning. The father figure is predominant in the work and it glimmers beneath each poem, said or unsaid. She addresses this, directly at times, with a fierce heart she may not even fully understand. That adds to the poetry. She is fully alive in this initial virtuoso appearance.
Grace Cavalieri, producer of “The Poet and the Poem” from the Library of Congress for public radio, and author of 16 books of poems and 26 produced plays.

March 5, 2016
Here is a first book of poems full of pop culture references, dark, funny, sometimes twisted. Musical and colloquial, it pivots us 360 degrees in the consumerist world in which we survive. Reminds me of the work of Denise Duhamel and Campbell McGrath's Florida, but this is something wholly/holy its own. By Sass Brown. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Sean Thomas Dougherty, author or editor of 13 books of poetry or experimental mixed-genre literature, including All I Ask for Is Longing: New and Selected Poems 1994-2014.