Brown explores a deep connection with the ground and what lies beneath, with a past that is buried yet scattered in the air above. In “The Microscopes” he reckons with the minutiae of a collective legacy: “conflicts so old they seem to amount /To nothing really — dust particles left behind — /Like the viral geography of an occupied territory.” Other poems offer blunt interrogations of everyday all-American values; paint intimate portraits of queerness; study the lingering complexities of a mother-son relationship. Throughout, Brown’s voice is searing, powerful and, even in hopelessness, beautiful
Dopeworld: Adventures in Drug Lands
"To its credit, Dopeworld is nothing if not ambitious. Vorobyov states as much himself, describing it bombastically as ‘true crime, gonzo, social, historical memoir meets fucked up travel book’. That is a lot to cram in. If sometimes he drops the ball (the..."
— The Spectator