Brick Road Poetry Press

poetry made to entertain, amuse, and edify

The mission of Brick Road Poetry Press is to publish and promote poetry that entertains, amuses, edifies, and surprises a wide audience of appreciative readers.  We are not qualified to judge who deserves to be published, so we concentrate on publishing what we enjoy. Our preference is for poetry geared toward dramatizing the human experience in language rich with sensory image and metaphor, recognizing that poetry can be, at one and the same time, both familiar as the perspiration of daily labor and as outrageous as a carnival sideshow.

Creation Story by Steven Owen Shields


Creation Story by Steven Owen Shields


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Preordered books ship from Brick Road Poetry Press on March 25 A.D. 2019.

Creation Story will be available everywhere else on April 10th A.D. 2019.

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Paperback: 105 pages
Publisher: Brick Road Poetry Press
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-0-9979559-7-2
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 7 ounces

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I’ll have what Steven Shields is having, please.  Yeats’s second coming has nothing on these creation (and destruction) stories.  A chicken wanders the woods and ponders Voltaire.  A young god (God?) makes donut-universes and gets scolded.  A boy becomes a swan and flies over his skeptical audience.  The sky rains tacos.  These poems explore imperfect actual worlds and possible other worlds, the earth-bound and the cosmic, in a dazzling array of voices and scenarios.  Shields pilots flights not of fancy but of curiosity: irreverent and hopeful, deeply philosophical.

—Michael Diebert, author of Life Outside the Set

These poems are wildly creative. Whether dealing with the everyday, quantum physics, or fantasy, they seem to spring from the imagination of a young boy, the knowledge of a scientist, and the craft of a poet, combined. Lucifer makes a couple of appearances along with quarks, donuts, and aliens who look like Walt Whitman. The voice can be sarcastic, funny, or tender – sometimes all at once. With great titles such as “Still Life, With Man in Bunny Costume,” these little stories in frames (sonnets, prose poems, microfiction, free verse, and more) add up to a fascinating bigger picture.

—Karen Paul Holmes, author of No Such Thing as Distance and Untying the Knot.