new zealand electronic poetry centre

James Brown 

Friday 23 August 7.30-10pm  once and for all
Saturday 24 August 10.15 11.30am  scoop:  ten poets read new poem
Sunday 25 August 12 1.15pm  poets on poets 

James Brown was born in 1966 and lives in Wellington with his partner  and two children. His poems have been widely published in magazines in both New Zealand and Australia. He is a past winner of the Takahe Poetry Competition and a former Editor of the literary magazine Sport.

His first book of poetry, Go Round Power Please, was shortlisted in the 1996 The Montana NZ Book Awards and won the Best First Book Award for Poetry. His second collection, Lemon, was published in 1999, with Elizabeth Knox calling it 'perhaps the year's best New Zealand book'.  A new book, Favourite Monsters, will be published by Victoria University Press in August 2002.

James Brown also writes short fiction. His stories have appeared in Sport, Landfall, The Picnic Virgin (VUP) and Boys' Own Stories, and have also been broadcast on National Radio.

He has been the recipient of several writing fellowships, including the 1994 Louis Johnson New Writers Bursary and a share of the 2000 Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellowship. In 2001 he was the Canterbury University Writer in Residence, and in 2002 he was one of four NZ writers shortlisted for the inaugural Prize in Modern Letters.

Out of Eden

They tandemed,
she talking all the miles.
Something could be done with this terrain,
he thought, but I'm not sure what.

It was stinking hot. Again.
Women, she explained, get a raw deal:
chafing, period pain -- men.
A stick caught in their chain.

They both needed to go,
so they stopped.
He turned against a tree and peed his name.
She was careful not to wet her socks.

They started up again:
two circles, joined
and separated
by a frame.


from Favourite Monsters, Victoria UP, August 2002


© James Brown


Last updated 18 July, 2002