Fanny Says

Fanny Says

by Nickole Brown

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An “unleashed love song” to her late grandmother, Nickole Brown’s collection brings her brassy, bawdy, tough-as-new-rope grandmother to life. With hair teased to Jesus, mile-long false eyelashes, and a white Cadillac Eldorado with atomic-red leather seats, Fanny is not your typical granny rocking in a chair. Instead, think of a character that looks a lot like Eva Gabor in Green Acres, but darkened with a shadow of Flannery O’Connor. A cross-genre collection that reads like a novel, this book is both a collection of oral history and a lyrical and moving biography that wrestles with the complexities of the South, including poverty, racism, and domestic violence.

"Nickole Brown’s unleashed love song to her grandmother is raucous and heart-rending, reflective and slap-yo-damn-knee hilarious, a heady meld of lyrical line and life lesson. Brown is blessed to be blood-linked to such a shrewd and singular soul, and the poet's mix of monologue, myth, and unbridled mayhem paints a picture of a proper Southern lady who is just—well, unforgettable." —Patricia Smith

"In Fanny Says, Nickole Brown distills the whole of America into one woman: bawdy, loving, racist, battered, healed, and gorgeous with determination. Our country has no history that does not touch the South. Our divisions are our unions. Here, Brown unleashes a voice returned to teach us a lesson. Reader, fair warning: you can’t hide from Fanny. You will be changed by this book." —Rebecca Gayle Howell

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938160578
Publisher: BOA Editions, Ltd.
Publication date: 04/14/2015
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 136
Sales rank: 1,130,404
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Nickole Brown grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, and Deerfield Beach, Florida. Her first collection, Sister, was published by Red Hen Press in 2007. She received her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts, studied literature at Oxford University, and was the editorial assistant for the late Hunter S. Thompson. She is the Editor for the Marie Alexander Series in Prose Poetry at White Pine Press, and is also an Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock, where she lives with her wife, poet Jessica Jacobs.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

For Our Grandmothers


Your Monthly
Fanny Says She and Her Husband Had Their First Fight
Fanny Linguistics: Malapropisms
Fanny Says She Spent It
Fanny Says Sometimes It's Worth the Whupping
Go Put on Your Face
For My Grandmother's Teeth, Pulled When She Was Thirty-Six
Fanny Says She Got Saved
Fanny Linguistics: Nickole
Fanny Says How to Make Potato Salad
Fanny Linguistics: Superstition
The Dead
Fanny Linguistics: Birdsong
Fanny Says She Learned to Throw the First Stone
Fanny Says How to Be a Lady


Fanny Says She Didn’t Use to Be Afraid
Fanny Linguistics: Publix Hieroglyphics
Fanny Linguistics: Origins
For My Grandmother's Feet, Swollen Again
Fanny Says How to Tend Babies
Fanny Says She Wanted To See Elvis
Fanny Says at Twenty-three She Learned to Drive
Dixie Highway
Fanny Linguistics: How to Say What You Mean
Fanny Says She Made Him Feel Better
How To Dress Like Fanny
Fanny Says I Need to Keep Warm


A Genealogy of The Word


Fanny Says She Knows How Little Time is Left
For My Grandmother's Gallstones, Reconsidered
Sweet Silver
Fanny Says She Meets a Stripper in the ER
Bullshit, Bullshit, Bullshit
Fanny Says Again the Same Dream on Morphine
Fanny Asks Me a Question Before I'd Even Ask Myself
My Book, In Birds
A Translation for the Spiritual Mediator Who May Speak for Me to Frances Lee Cox, Wherever She May Be
To My Grandmother's Ghost, Flying with Me on a Plane
Fanny Linguistics: Thaumatology
The Family Says It Celebrates Independence
An Invitation for My Grandmother
A Prayer for the Self-Made Man
For My Grandmother's Perfume, Norell
Fanny Says Goodbye


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