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Pam Brown, Drifting Topoi

Drifting topoi is a set of four poems from the turn of this century when the automobile dominates city life. The ground trembles at shopping mall parking exits and people are living in cars and experiencing nostalgia for panel beating. But the title poem looks optimistically, comically and philosophically at provisional topoi as it calls for twenty-first century protopersonalities to aim for modesty and humility.

“Reading Sappho or Li Po or Pam Brown you think ‘Yes of course, this is how to write’ and I’ll just move with the same lightness’ and ‘I can loft some glitter-bit into the poem and ‘I can leap like that’ and then you can’t (but you’re still happier for having imagined it).” — Rachel Loden, facebook

Pam Brown has published sixteen poetry books, eight chapbooks and an e-book. She is an associate editor for Jacket2. Pam lives in Alexandria, Sydney.

Rare Object Number 14.
8 pages. Published 2000.
Cover image by Kay Orchison.

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