Welcome to Literary Arts at Brown
For over 40 years, Literary Arts at Brown University has been a creative and intellectual center for the U.S. literary avant-garde. Along with a handful of other writing programs nationwide, Brown provides a home for innovative writers of fiction, poetry, digital language arts, and mixed media.
The online MFA application deadline is 15 December. Applicants can expect admission decisions by 15 March.
C.D. Wright, 1949-2016
We extend our deepest sympathy to Forrest and Brecht Gander as we join them in mourning the loss of poet, CD Wright, a celebrated member of the Literary Arts faculty, and part of the Brown family since 1983.
Everything Good between Men and Women
has been written in mud and butter
and barbecue sauce. The walls and
the ﬂoors used to be gorgeous.
The socks off-white and a near match.
The quince with ﬁreblight
but we get two pints of jelly
in the end. Long walks strengthen
the back. You with a fever blister
and myself with a sty. Eyes
have we and we are forever prey
to one another's teeth. The torrents
go over us. Thunder has not harmed
anyone we know. The river coursing
through us is dirty and deep. The left
hand protects the rhythm. Watch
your head. No ﬁres should be
unattended. Especially when wind. Each
receives a free swiss army knife.
The ﬁrst few tongues are clearly
preparatory. The impression
made by yours I carry to my grave. It is
just so sad so creepy so beautiful.
Bless it. We have so little time
to learn, so much. . . . The river
courses dirty and deep. Cover the lettuce.
Call it a night. O soul. Flow on. Instead.
(CD Wright's poem appears in Tremble, The Ecco Press)
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