Double Agent reveals the author’s pet obsession: the comforts and dangers of community. While the poems rove across a range of territories—embassies, subdivisions, cottages, islands, compounds real and imagined—what emerges is a concern with borders, how they materialize in the personal and the political as well as their relationship to physical and psychological security. A secondary question is how the poetic self can move, sometimes queasily, sometimes bombastically, always uncertainly, through them.
Michelle Chan Brown (she/her/hers) was born in London and grew up all over Eastern Europe. Her wrok has appeared or is forthcoming in Witness, Syamore Review, The Missouri Review, Tampa Review,Gertrude, The Concher, textsound, and others. She has a chapbook, The Clever Decoys, from LATR Editions. She earned her BA and MFA at the University of Michigan and lives in Washington, DC. She is the poetry editor of Drunken Boat.
Praise for Double Agent:
A poet alert to every least quiver in the inner and outer worlds; the grace, gusto, humor, and intimacy of these richly vivid and unusually quotable poems are the most generous of gifts. Double Agent is an altogether enthralling debut. –Gary Lutz, Stories in the Worst Way
Michelle Chan Brown’s collection takes us on journeys across continents by way of hard fact combined with the subtlest of strangeness, the eeriest musicality, and the most startling of shifts and observations. Hers is an entirely new vision and voice. This collection is a real achievement, but, most of all, it is haunting. –Laura Kasischke, Space, in Chains