Andrea Brady

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Andrea Brady is an American poet and co-editor of Barque Press. Born in Philadelphia, Brady moved to the UK where she currently resides and works, running the Centre for Poetry and the Archive of the Now (archiveofthenow.org). She also works as a Professor of Poetry at Queen Mary University of London.

In an interview with Elena Juan Ruiz, Brady talks about where her art began. She states:

‘My first poem, according to family history, was a set of heroic couplets on the Lebanese hostage crisis (I was six). The political orientation has been inescapable. […] I wrote to escape the embittering limits of my social and material life, and to try to fix on paper the feeling of transcendence I could get by looking at a plane emerge from a roiling cloud, or a ballroom of ice dripping inside a box hedge, outside my squalid house.’

Contemporary Poets Living & Working in Britain,

I Don’t Call Myself a Poet

 

Andrea Brady’s poetry has been translated into many languages. As a Professor of literature and a mother the themes in Brady’s poetry vary from love and motherhood to politics and society. In an extract from her poetics piece included in Atlantic Drift, Brady writes:

‘Anyway, what can poetry, which was post-truth ab initio, teach us about killing fascists? Walking around the reservoir, plotting this little speech for you, I decided instead to say that I began writing primarily as a way of Getting Out. As a small girl in a web of violence, I consoled myself that if the people near me were unreliable, bad or stuck, at least I had poems, their better, immense and empowering unreliabilities; my poems were a sign that I could not be contained, and a method for escape.’

‘Poetics’,

Atlantic Drift

Find more on her work at The Archive of the Now:

https://www.archiveofthenow.org

Read more about Andrea Brady’s work and poetry on her interview at: https://idontcallmyselfapoet.wordpress.com/2012/08/13/andrea-brady/