A Little Breast Music
A Little Breast Music, my first poetry collection, was published in 2008 by Passager Books, which is affiliated with the University of Baltimore. A Little Breast Music was the first in a series of chapbooks called Six Over Sixty, which celebrates the older writer. My poems deal with family, love, loss and personal transformation. In his blurb, poet Stephen Dunn - winner of the Pulitzer Prize - says "A Little Breast Music is Brewer's book of delights and laments, evidence of a resilient and complicated heart."
Thomas Lux, author of numerous books of poetry, winner of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, and Bourne Professor of Poetry at the Georgia Institute of Technology:
"Shirley J. Brewer's poems are so alert to the reverberant specifics of life, so alive with sensory energy, that I lose myself (a benefit!) in the lost worlds they evoke. A Little Breast Music sings!"
Bruce Sager, winner of the Asheville Poetry Prize in 2014 (judged by Billy Collins); winner of the second annual Harriss Poetry Prize in 2010 for his book, Famous; recipient of Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards in both fiction (2008) and poetry (2011):
"Admission: I must read – or scan, at least – upwards of 500 poetry books every year. My opinions are shaped by the poetry, not the poets. Name recognition carries no weight in this quiet enterprise; quality’s the sole determinant of excellence. The quirky, sharp, memorable, droll, artful, wise and exquisitely lovable bantam of a book called A Little Breast Music sat on my nightstand for two years like a tiny box of dark chocolates – just a little taste before bed, night after night. Even when I finally shelved it, I shelved it in a special section of my library, the one reserved for those books I turn to again and again. Pure pleasure. Shirley Brewer’s wee opus nests alphabetically, and very democratically, amongst the best of Bass, Bukowski, Cleary, Collins and Dunn in this small, very private universe of Meritocracy in Action. A must read."