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Brenda Coultas

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Brenda Coutlas

Brenda Coultas was born in Owensboro, Kentucky, on September 18, 1958. She graduated from the University of Southern Indiana and earned an MFA from Naropa Institute (now Naropa University).

Coultas is the author of four poetry collections, includingThe Tatters (Wesleyan University Press, 2014), The Marvelous Bones of Time (Coffee House Press, 2008), and A Handmade Museum (Coffee House Press, 2003).

Her honors include a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship and residencies from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Emily Harvey Foundation in Venice, Italy, and the Millay Colony for the Arts.

She teaches at Touro College and lives in New York City.


The Tatters (Wesleyan University Press, 2014)
The Marvelous Bones of Time (Coffee House Press, 2008)
A Handmade Museum (Coffee House Press, 2003)
Early Films (Rodent Press, 1996)

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I can get at the drawings or language of making things: instruction manuals for building fires or cookbooks for explosives or poisons. I have found out why we stand tall and who the commanders of the great ships are. I have learned the story of the microscope and of birds which dress in blue and purple, of how to


Blackened tea kettle like one I have at home, couch with living man, eyes closed, his dog and runny dog shit on sidewalk. Cardboard boxes, lamp shade, the filter basket of a drip-o-later, a wooden serving tray with loose bottom. A mouse's body with eyes open and intact. Styrofoam peanuts. 2 balsa wood whiskey