About Betsy Brown

Betsy K. Brown is a teacher and chair of humanities at an Arizona high school and also works as a columnist for the Institute for Classical Education. She is a graduate of Seattle Pacific University’s MFA in Creative Writing program. Ms. Brown's published writing includes work for CiRCE Institute, Relief Journal, Art House America, and Curator Magazine.

“Bird, Gift”

By |2020-09-28T13:26:50-05:00October 11th, 2020|Categories: Poetry|

You hold the bird with open hands Until it flies to distant lands. You love when it returns again, Within your palm, you see it then, But if you try to tightly grasp This gift, embrace it, hold it fast, You lose it by its being too near— By being free, it is more dear. [...]


By |2020-09-13T12:15:55-05:00September 13th, 2020|Categories: Poetry|

The mother finds joy in untangling The necklaces. She pulls the silver strands, Unbraiding gently, as if it is her Young daughter’s hair after a day Outdoors. Time is of little importance: […]

“Poetry and Postulancy”

By |2020-08-20T10:00:54-05:00August 23rd, 2020|Categories: Christianity, Literature, Poetry|

We are not all meant for meter, she says. Still, you try on order like a vestment; Long, sober, and reliable, it fits, Or doesn’t—it maddens you like slant rhyme, Like prayers that impossibly find a home Inside the swollen hours of weekdays. […]

“The Art of Loving”

By |2020-12-03T14:42:33-06:00August 2nd, 2020|Categories: Love, Poetry|

The art of loving might look like a bard’s Familiar ballad, playful yet precise— All fingers dancing, never strained by self Or hesitation, fret to joyful fret, A perfect, reckless, troubadour’s delight, Like friends who wonder at the firmament’s Vast steadiness, how it remains the same, Yet never ceases to draw our eyes up. [...]

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