Killer Verse: Poems of Murder and Mayhem is a spine-tingling collection of terrifically creepy poems about the deadly art of murder.
The villains and victims who populate these pages range from Cain and Abel and Bluebeard and his wives to Lizzie Borden, Jack the Ripper, and Mafia hit men. The literary forms they inhabit are just as varied, from the colorful melodramas of old Scottish ballads to the hard-boiled poetry of twentieth-century noir, from lighthearted comic riffs to profound poetic musings on murder. Robert Browning, Thomas Hardy, W. H. Auden, Stevie Smith, Mark Doty, Frank Bidart, Toi Derricotte, Lynn Emanuel, and Cornelius Eady are only a few of the many poets, old and new, whose work is captured in this heart-stopping—and criminally entertaining—collection.
About the Author
Kurt Brown is the author of seven full-length collections of poetry including his most recent, TIME-BOUND (2012), as well as the new selection, I'VE COME THIS FAR TO SAY HELLO: POEMS SELECTED AND NEW (2014), both published by Tiger Bark Press. He founded the Aspen Writers Conferences & Centers, and was the Founding Director of Writers' Conferences and Centers (now part of AWP). A tireless advocate for poetry and other poets, he edited ten anthologies of poetry, including the newest (with Harold Schechter), Killer Verse: Poems about Murder and Mayhem. With his wife, the poet Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Brown translated The Plural of Happiness: Selected Poems of Herman de Coninck. His memoir, Lost Sheep: Aspen's Counter-culture in the 1970s, was published by Conundrum Press in 2012. He taught for many years at Sarah Lawrence College in New York. In recent years he lived in Santa Barbara, California. He died in June, 2013.
Harold Schechter is a professor of American literature and culture. Renowned for his true-crime writing, he is the author of the nonfiction books Fatal, Fiend, Bestial, Deviant, Deranged, Depraved, and The Serial Killer Files. He lives in New York State.