about the author

Derrick Brown, former paratrooper for the 82nd Airborne, gondolier, magician, and fired weatherman, now travels the world and performs his written work. From Long Beach, CA, he is dedicated to bringing American poetry into rock and roll status. As one of the most original and well-traveled writer/performers in the country, he has gained a cult following for his poetry performances all over the US and Europe. A poetic terrorism group has taken to tagging his metaphors across the globe. About.com called his last collection, Scandalabra, one of the best books of 2009. To date, Brown has performed as a writer at over 1,500 venues and universities internationally including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, La Sorbonne in Paris, CBGB’s in NYC, All Tomorrows parties with the Flaming Lips and a small Jewish youth group in Glendale. You can read more from him at brownpoetry.com and buy his books at writebloody.com.


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When Nurses Cough

Derrick Brown



When I first heard the nurse cough
I thought that she
wasn’t very good at her job.

The second thing I thought
was that I don’t trust bartenders
who don’t drink.





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