Brad’s poems are predominately character-driven and surreal, yet because of their use of everyday, colloquial language, are also accessible and lucid. They compel the reader to ask not, “What does this poem mean?” but rather, “Who is this speaker/narrator?” and “What can I learn from her/his implicit struggles, aspirations, defeats, and quirky observations?” Many of his poems feature speakers who operate at the outer edge of rationality and clear thinking, but who haven’t quite stepped over that edge. Not quite.
Brad’s focus on micro/flash fiction enables him to explore the multiple dimensions of human experience in extremely brief narrative formats. Brad is the author of more that 500 flash/micro fiction stories and has been nominated five times for a Pushcart Prize and twice nominated for Best of the Net. Titles include: “Me and Buddy at the Pink Elephant,” “Naked to the Waist,” “A Stabbing,” and “They’re Reading My Mind Again.” His one-paragraph story “Desert Motel” is in the Best Microfiction, 2019.
Brad Rose is the author two full-length collections of poetry and flash fiction, Pink X-Ray (Big Table Publishing, 2015 http://pinkx-ray.com ) and de/tonations, (Nixes Mate Press, 2020). Two new books of poems, Momentary Turbulence and WordinEdgeWise from Cerven Barva Press are forthcoming. Five times nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and twice nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology, Brad’s poetry and fiction have appeared in, The Los Angeles Times, The American Journal of Poetry, Folio, decomP, Lunch Ticket, The Baltimore Review, Boston Literary Magazine, Right Hand Pointing, Sequestrum, and other publications. His story “Desert Motel,” appears in Best Microfiction, 2019.