Highway or Belief


J. Scott Brownlee, 2014


J. Scott Brownlee’s Highway or Belief, the winner of the 2013 Button Poetry Prize.

“The violence of men, the delicacy of their broken bodies, the religiosity of the town that raised them: all of these influence Highway or Belief, which documents an America we rarely see.  In J. Scott Brownlee’s Llano, Aron Anderson is the king of baseball and meth.  High school football heroes become PTSD-affected war vets.  The rural dead sing from the hollow flutes their bones leave in the dust.  These are poems whose language begins with the body and the land.  For Brownlee, the two are inseparable.”
-Dorianne Laux, author of The Book of Men

About J. Scott Brownlee

Originally from rural Texas, J. Scott Brownlee is a founding member of The Localists, a literary collective that emphasizes place-based writing of personal witness, cultural memory, and the aesthetically marginalized working class.  His poems appear in The Kenyon… MORE

Additional information

Weight3.7 oz
Dimensions8.5 × 5.5 × .156 in


Page Count

43 pages

Publication Date

January 20, 2013

Author Hometown

Llano, Texas



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