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.

Etch and Blur by Jamie Thomas


Etch and Blur by Jamie Thomas


Finalist, Brick Road Poetry Prize

Paperback: 116 pages

Publisher: Brick Road Poetry Press (January 17, 2012)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0984100598

ISBN-13: 978-0984100590

Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.3 inches

Shipping Weight: 8.2 ounces

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It's easy to overstate the relevance of a book's title, but here, Etch and Blur speaks to Jamie Thomas' engaging tendency to stake out a territory and then doubt the validity of the claim. The poems aren't static but move lithely between holding and letting go, order and mess, suggesting his driving interest is the difficulty of sifting through consciousness for what is genuine in any moment.

—Bob Hicok

The heartening poems in Jamie Thomas’ Etch and Blur really get at America by eschewing reverse cultural generalizations and getting to the grit and ironies that defy nationality; it really affirms how indispensable poetry is to a life bombarded and over stimulated by directives, aesthetic pretensions, wired information and glib competing ideas of how it is we are supposed to make our lives and our poetry current and relevant.  Forget such entitlements: Thomas KNOWS bad TV, pink slips, automotive disrepair, stalled-out bars, smeared urban starlight.  He un-privileges pop-freedom, which in our poetry has in so many ways become opportunistic—and puts us back in traffic.  His humor, not trendy or derisive, but consoling, backs into pockets of compassion, one imagination at a time.  With an undeterred syntax that—to rephrase Stevens—almost resists the rhapsodic successfully.  A flat-out knock out debut, this book helps me see another’s life and restores me to my own.

—William Olsen

The poems in Etch and Blur are much like carnival rides which whirl the passenger around and around, higher, then lower through perspective after perspective—yet, when they deliver you back to earth, you find yourself paradoxically sober. Wry, many-eyed, dogged, and tender, these poems artfully embody an earnest, struggling heart inside a wry and dexterous mind.

 —Tony Hoagland