The Tip Shop (Paperback)
James Brown shakes out oblivion’s final sieve in The Tip Shop. Found poems jostle with autobiographical poems, essayistic with epigrammatic, formally expert with some of his very best freeform sprawls. Alternately poignant and indignant, weary and exuberant – but can the James Brown voice ever be truly described? In these poems God prefers drawn-out sports, and your mind has already set sail.
James Brown’s most recent poetry collection is his Selected Poems (2020). Previous collections include Go Round Power Please (1995), which won the Jessie Mackay Best First Book Award, Lemon (1999), Favourite Monsters (2002), The Year of the Bicycle (2006), Warm Auditorium (2012) and Floods Another Chamber (2017), as well as the useful nonfiction booklet Instructions for Poetry Readings (2005). James teaches creative writing at the International Institute of Modern Letters at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington.