Laynie Browne


Ball Lightning Floating Down Chimneys, into Windows, Chasing Frightened Women


This thing called reading
curled into a potion
collapsed florid sound


When Your Shadow is Cast Upon a Bank of Fog or Mist


In morning cloak arms
of light fasten premise

Close is to chrysalis
as form is to falter

Unbound ether
a long word
inside a child

A pail of coal to
walk me home


In the Southern Hemisphere: Reverse the Words “Right” and “Left”


Not mistaking the moon’s face for human
alchemical companion how to embody
the actual instead of spending
the emptiness between eyelashes

Nothing to ask the oracle
pulsing mountain—intuition

How to extract self
forget iron, recline
in vast unstapled


The Gulf Stream, Which Skirts The Warm Sargasso Sea, Is A Good Example

Music to repair
body mirror of sound
latch for listening

She slipped her face beneath the table
the way word enters flower
fathoms orchid


All the Salt in the Sea Originated in Rocks and Minerals

The wolves I met were courteous, but also remote
In the post apocalyptic mushrooms blush
Kangaroo rats kick sand at snakes following star-minded
lesions—saying nothing with entrails exposed
Contours of the day turn and embrace


Sheets of Flame, Broad Diffuse Patches of Sudden Light


Birds carry burning sticks, embers

Axolotl regenerate bone, muscle & nerve

Túngara frog broadcasts unbroken hours

Cubic miles of rock and ash


A Brilliant Golden Sphere Which Floated Through a Nursery Window


Circle, oblige
O blythe ring
wreathes comma
singe radiant
warble halo


Laynie Browne is the author of thirteen collections of poems and three novels.
Recent books include You Envelop Me (Omnidawn 2017), Periodic Companions
(Tinderbox 2018), and The Book of Moments (Presses universitaires de Rouen et
du Havre 2018). Her honors include a 2014 Pew Fellowship, the National Poetry
Series Award (2007) for her collection The Scented Fox, and the Contemporary
Poetry Series Award (2005) for her collection Drawing of a Swan Before Memory.
She teaches at University of Pennsylvania and at Swarthmore College.


Published August 2018.