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.

Tracing the Lines by Susanna Lang


Tracing the Lines by Susanna Lang


Finalist, Brick Road Poetry Prize

Paperback: 138 pages
Publisher: Brick Road Poetry Press (March 6, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0983530467
ISBN-13: 978-0983530466
Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 9.3 ounces

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What an astonishing book. Do not miss this. So much calls out to Susanna Lang, "from the back door, from the place they found on the map" - from the richest recesses and most heartbreaking locales on earth, from careful daily attention, deftly woven melodies of knowing and needing to know - you can't read these poems without becoming part of larger history, deeper community, instantly. See "Sunday, the Windows Open." See "Rice." See "Ghazal." These poems, huge in their urgency, massive in their tender care and embrace—elements intertwined as the braided loaves in "Bread." This book deserves a bow.

Naomi Shihab Nye, author of You and Yours, Fuel and Words Under the Words


These are the poems of someone for whom history almost always takes the form of biography, whether in the life of an ancestor or of a contemporary, whether on the streets of her beloved Chicago or those of Baghdad. For Susanna Lang, history is so intimate that every life touches our own, if we pay attention—even that of a five thousand year old woman who ate, “the same fruit / I eat every morning.” Because these poems are rendered with such honesty and compassion, we are invited not only to savor life but to revere it. With remarkable artistry, Lang reminds us that while we may not always wish it, we belong to each other.

J. Stephen Rhodes, author of The Time I Didn't Know What to Do Next

Susanna Lang’s gracefully deceptive homages to rivers of ancestry and tomorrow weave complex, multi-layered narratives seamlessly, quietly.  All threads quilted into dense sonic blankets rich in song and elegy. The quiet surprise, the solo dance all humans share, blurring lines of memory. Gwendolyn Brooks strove to find “the extraordinary in the ordinary.” Lang mines the personal and historical geographies of a global citizenry, our collective missteps and buried laughter. Lang observes the tenuous ritual of living and our struggle to make sense of it, somehow. These are the incessant muted pleas of hope in endless wartime, whether the enemy is nature, ideology or self. This is a sensuous, effervescent collection.

Quraysh Ali Lansana, author of mystic turf and Our Difficult Sunlight: A Guide to Poetry, Literacy, & Social Justice in Classroom & Community