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.

Secret Formulas & Techniques of the Masters by Jackie Craven


Secret Formulas & Techniques of the Masters by Jackie Craven


Finalist, Brick Road Poetry Prize

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Publication Date: October 31st, 2018.

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Paperback: 107 pages
Publisher: Brick Road Poetry Press
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-0-9979559-5-8
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 7 ounces

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In a kind of literary trompe l’oeil, Jackie Craven’s marvelous first full-length collection is ultimately about the invisible—and only sometimes benign—subterfuge beneath what appears authentic.  Sassy or respectful, elegiac or terse, her poems give us a world paradoxically “dark and bright, strange, [yet] familiar.”  Whether in the guise of investigating various particulars of creating art, or exploring the complicated emotional layers within human relationships, Craven reveals secrets, keeping me turning pages, wanting more of her fine work.

             —Andrea Hollander, author of Blue Mistaken for Sky

 This book is a life, a collection of interwoven lives, revealed by imagination.   It is a meditation on childhood, age, artistic vision, family and death.   The language is crisp, inventive, and the poems brilliantly shaped, full of surprise and a sense of the finality of their form, which often seems like precise dramatic timing.  And with this mastery of the art, a sense of lives grasped and held close.  It is hard to believe that this is a first book, it is so wonderfully accomplished.

            —Barry Goldensohn, author of Snake in the Spine, Wolf in the Heart

Jackie Craven is a triple threat: her poems are visually acute, sonically gorgeous, and imaginatively transporting.  She herself is a Master.  Open anywhere, and you won’t want to stop.  BUY. THIS. BOOK.

            —Barbara Ungar, author of Charlotte Brontë, You Ruined My Life and Immortal Medusa