My newest book, This Bright Darkness, will be released in 2019 by Black Lawrence Press.  

“Cradling Monsoons” is a brave, challenging and sometimes startling collection, but always brilliant. McKinstry-Brown is in top form. Every syllable shines with a fine polish. When I reached the end, I gave myself a few seconds for a happy sigh, then went right back to the beginning and started over. Her poem “Farmer’s Heaven” is deeply moving, and it cradles my heart every time I return to it. If you’ve forgotten (or never experienced) how thrilling good poetry can be, get this book.
— Amazon Reader Review


[Sarah writes] poems that bless her mother’s laundry, honor the gritty details of life, reveal the mystery of birth—language that is full of life, poems that stay with you.
— Diane Frank, author of Blackberries in the Dream House


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Before this daughter,
what did we clasp our hands
and ask for, what brought us to our knees? Love

struck a match, and she appeared, little flame
whose first cry lit up every corner of this city,
before burning it
to the ground. It’s raining ash, and our wishes
are so small now

we could fit them on a single candle,
hold them in the palm of our hands.

— Excerpt from “Wishes”, Cradling Monsoons