In this wonderful mini-anthology of poems celebrating brothers, (a companion to Ten Poems about Sisters) we meet brothers of all ages and of all shapes and sizes, including the brother who:
“has made, out of petrol and hormones,
a little world for himself, a paradise
of hang-gliders and cars;”
from ‘My Lost Brother’ by Ben Scammell
There’s also a young brother who loves riding down the stairs on a tea-tray and teenage brothers who are so alike they even smell the same. There are brothers who grow up and disappear into a new life, living on vividly in the memories of those left behind.
The relationship with a brother can be a complex one, and these poems explore those joys and challenges in fascinating ways. But most of all they reflect the abiding love we feel for a brother and show how this can enrich a life.
Poems by Matthew Dickman, Jonathan Edwards, Lavina Greenlaw, Joanne Limburg, Hannah Lowe, Rebecca McClanahan, Rob Miles, Mary O’Donnell, Ben Scammell and Floyd Skloot.
Cover illustration by Hilke MacIntyre