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

Heaven, the black keys on a grand piano! This collection pits tension between reality and desire, cultivating a world rich with lived imagination. In Sarah McKinstry-Brown’s grasp, language tackles the world of marriage, pregnancies and family with a complex love capable of cradling frustrations and grief with a patience that can ride through any monsoons and still trust there will be air to breathe soon enough.
— Lisa Gill, author of Mortar & Pestle and The Relenting


[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