Michael Brown was born in Manchester in 1983. He completed The Exhibit at Pembroke College, University of Cambridge Summer 2014. He lives in Cambridge with his husband John. He divides his time between poetry and teaching English. In a quote from his website, Michael describes himself as “Poet Brownie: poet with a soul, mind without control”
“three shapes drawn on the school wall / circle, triangle and square / but what if you don’t fit?”
The Exhibit puts human emotions on display. It is a book between two cities – Cambridge and Manchester – with detours via wax museums and planetariums, it brings down the Berlin Wall and challenges censorship in Iran, reveals the love of gay marriage and has conversations with Alexander McQueen, Damien Hirst and Sylvia Plath.
This in an impressive collection by a young poet already known for his innovative, intense poetry that draws its energy from the light and dark of everyday life. Michael Brown’s poems seek to put our most intense feelings on display, sharing our common experiences and observing humanity standing on the outside looking in.
For more information about Michael, and to read excerpts from and reviews of The Exhibit, please visit his website. You can also connect with him on Facebook or Twitter. Better still, come along to the Donkey Green marquee, Mill Road, Cambridge, between 10.30am and 4.30pm on 6 December and meet him for yourself.
The Exhibit can be purchased from SilverWood Books, and, of course, from Books, Beautiful Books.
Coming Saturday – meet Saffra Monteiro.