In August of 2010, I was in Hamburg for a wedding and then spent a week in Paris. On that trip I encountered the layered paintings of Eugene Leroy (1910 – 2000). Leroy’s method was to begin with a representational figure and then add layer upon layer of paint until the original figure was just dimly recognizable. I was intrigued by his process, which often resulted in thick gobs of paint rising from the canvas creating a physical depth to his work, and wondered how something similar might be attempted in a poem. The resulting poems, in a form I’ve been calling Leroy Sequences, formed the contents of my two chapbooks.
“Modeled after Eugene Leroy’s layered paintings, these poems assemble and dissemble themselves right before the reader’s eyes. This is an exciting form that complicates the content of what we say and what lies just below the surface of our intent and meaning.” – Jen Fitzgerald, New Books in Poetry
Cabin Fever / Fossil Record
Published by Flying Guillotine Press in 2014, a do-si-do chapbook with Japanese stab binding.
“These poems are an accumulation and an erasure, it’s a mystery and a maze with the key built into its guts…The form of these pieces really works to amplify and distort the content. It’s hard to capture just what the poems do, so you might well have to grab a copy and see for yourself. Just know that it’s something that can alter the way you are in the world in the way that good things do.” – Tony Mancus
Published by Horse Less Press, 2014, hand sewn.
Employing the Leroy Sequence form, this chapbook is made up of two poems: “The Deep and Narrow Night” and “Terms of Service.” From internal personal struggles to issues of government surveillance, this chapbook reveals the language inside the language we use to communicate about ourselves and society.
“For being such a small book, the Leroy Sequence is a powerful effort. A mixture of erasure, the lyrical, and the political, Dan Brady’s chapbook is one of the best I’ve read this year because it’s intrinsically inviting, without sacrificing complexity. He reaches for the reader while maintaining the integrity of his own creative ambitions. Many poets struggle to do that. Not this one.” – John Ebersole, Little Reviews for Busy People
Ryan MacDonald made a video version of “The Deep & Narrow Night” for The Continental Review.