Michelle Brown’s second book of poetry, Swans, begins as a night out between three best friends at an eponymous watering hole before becoming a phantasmagorical coming-of-age fable by closing time. In between, memory shifts and poems shuffle like songs on a jukebox, detailing fraught female friendship, sexual awakening, alcohol abuse and abandon in the dying days of a decade of decadence. Swans is a whip-smart collection from one of Canada’s catchiest lyric poets.


Michelle Brown

Michelle Brown’s first full-length collection of poetry, Safe Words was shortlisted for the 2018 ReLit award. A finalist for The Malahat Review‘s Open Season award, CV2’s Young Buck prize and the CBC poetry prize, her work has also appeared in The Walrus, Arc Poetry Magazine, Grain, PRISM International and The Puritan. After nearly a decade in Toronto, Michelle has recently returned to the West Coast, where she hangs out with her daughter, dog & husband.

Chapter Title Contents Contributors Pages Year Price


Contains the poems: ‘Swans Watering Hole’ Dance Floor, After Wild Swans / Getting There / A Line that Snakes Around All the Way to the Future / Spells for Drunk Girls / Same Three … 14 $1.40


Contains the poems: OK let’s go around the table and each share one weird thing / Passed Around / The Magician / The Incident / Older MFA Student / Poet Voice / Pet Name / Passerby / Wait, … 28 $2.80


Contains the poems: Remember fairyland. Looks nice. Lots of wildflowers. Love you. / Wild Swans / See? / SHOUTED FROM ACROSS THE BAR / Karaoke at 1:30 a.m. / Through the Glass / The Longest … 26 $2.60