Holy Ghost

Holy Ghost
City Lights Spotlight No. 15

Publishers Weekly

"Part of Brazil's worldview seems to be the perception that we are living in philosophically meager times, a new Dust Bowl of spiritual and moral poverty. He means to galvanize dissent, to encourage 'righteous action rhetoric can't break.' Through a clever patois, Brazil mixes elevated and colloquial language, benediction and idiom, to create captivating juxtapositions: 'in the splendid garden of the lambent forms, I'm/about to ask y'all a question.'"

Rain Taxi

"Holy Ghost expresses the ideological cacophony of our times and juxtaposes it against the simplicity of human need. . . . impossible to ignore. . . . Holy Ghost is a songbook of anti-classist marches, a ratatat book of hours for the disenfranchised, but it doesn't offer its comforts easily, or with easily-quotable snippets. There is digging to be done here to unearth the fragile temple in the rubbish of incarnation."—David Nilsen

"2017 Poetry Books I'm Excited About"
Jan 19, 2017

"City Lights describes this new collection from multi-vocational poet Brazil as 'a hymnal with secular burdens,' which is both poetry in itself and more than enough to get me intrigued. Brazil is an activist and a Christian pastor, and this collection explores the intersection of class politics and Christian spirituality, two worlds that are too often seen as in conflict, when they ought to work in harmony." —David Nilsen

"Holy Ghost featured in Publishers Weekly's Spring 2017 Announcements"
Dec 9, 2016