Ed Osworth


September 2, 2015

Format: Paperback
I am not a poetry writer, I write self help and non fiction and satire, yet this book absolutely fascinates me. Adam does something amazing here – this book at first comes across as random pieces in different styles. But there is a common thread here, the madness of which Adam speaks is a collective madness – the reflections of a world and society gone insane. His poem “Bird Song” is my favorite and in a way, sums up this common thread of which I speak. Humanity poking it’s head through a mountain of oppression…


Heath Brougher


July 27, 2016

Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase
Though Adam Levon Brown’s book “These Streets Don’t Cry For Us” may be short in length, it is a book that is overflowing in depth. These pages are filled with empathy and occasional apathy as the author delves into facets of each. My personal favorite was “Dearly Departed” which has an ending that left me reeling. This book is full of gems, though. In “Gravestone in Black” Adam Levon Brown finds himself visiting an unknown grave, only to eventually take its place. “One Day at Barnes and Noble” is a poem that may come off satirical at first, but upon further inspection shows just how phony people are concerning the physical appearances of others. Overall, though, the book is a testament to how battered and broken “these streets,” this world, can make us and how we choose to respond to what it does to us. He gives many options, the correct one is left up to the reader to decide. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes soul-searching contemporary poetry. You will not be disappointed.

Glenn Lyvers (Masthead at Prolific Press)

February 4, 2017

Format: Kindle Edition
This is a decent collection. The line breaks are masterful. Poems like The Queer Confessional really take the reader into conflict and confusion, to worry and hopeful release. It is edgy, and despite the poetical claims that the poet is unashamed, confident, and happily free in today’s society, I felt undertones of pain and repressed sorrow intermixed with hopeful joy. This is a roller coaster. Where some LGBT poetry fails, this book succeeds.


“Adam’s poetry is a challenge to escape the narrow-mindedness
and observe the world with a critical eye
I reviewed the books with a small resume of my thoughts and favorites
poems and similes
All over a spiritual joy.”Essential Darkness”

Chased by demons of the psyche, facing depression at midnight
crawl into the holes of oblivion to retain a shred of sanity
“These streets don’t cry for us”
Hypocrisy at the top, egoism, just me myself and I, the discarded,
only death and rebirth might change things
Seeds of doubt – with wonderful comparisons
‘ I am the jetblack  juggernaut of crippling  guilt
that you hide behind a smile of pearls’
·”Queer Confessional”

Freed by the doubts and allow being your own self. Quit the self-denial;
a journey to reach your predestination
which finally allows you to enjoy your sexuality
Relieved but also worn out through the emotional struggleI like all the poems in this book, revealing and honest;
an encouragement for gay people not to hide behind a masquerade

And again these magnificent comparisons

‘Loneliness is a phantom
which sucks the marrow
from bones of hope’.

‘He paints a moonless sky
for all of the darkness in his life’. “
– Daginne Aignend, Poet


April 5, 2018

In Death is Not Our Holy Word Adam Levon Brown does what few poets that write about depression do well, entice the outside world to understand the depressed mind without subsuming the reader in depression. Brown’s work captivates as it lays bear a personality tormented by all that threatens to eliminate mind and body. He expertly conjures the “Elysian Fields” and other Greek icons reminding us that death has consumed the minds of philosophers and poets for all recorded time. And, as the poet interweaves aspects of earth and our stellar origins into his work, we realize that it is possible that death is an ingrained obsession as mysterious as the light faded stardust that gave birth to humankind. There is a palpable tension between dark thoughts and hope, these grapple to great effect in his poem “Pressured Tidings” and other poems as one feels the tension between death and an unsettled will to live. Courageous and haunting, it is a remarkable​ collection for the literary-minded as well as those new to poetry.