A Cleveland High graduate made Woodstock her home -- and is now publishing her own poetry

ELIZAABETH USSHER GROFF - On a recent October Sunday at the Woodstock Farmers Market, Deliverance Brown (left) held up a copy of her poetry book - which she had just sold to Woodstock resident Karen Roberti, shown holding her dog Winston.  In the background, Browns sister Andrea was selling T-shirts designed and screened by their father, Roosevelt Brown. When Deliverance Brown was seven years old, her family moved from Los Angeles to Oregon. When she was fourteen they again moved, this time to Portland – settling in the Woodstock neighborhood.

Brown attended Cleveland High School, where she played varsity basketball starting as a freshman, ran track, sang in the school choir, and played drums in the CHS Marching Band. After high school she worked in banking for twelve years.

Coming from a family of writers, artists, and singers over three generations, Deliverance Brown published a book of her own poetry not long ago.

"I never intended to publish my poems. I have always, from age twelve, written for myself to express feelings and thoughts, and to find personal solace. My writings comfort me, make me laugh, and give me a little peace. But my older sister said I should write a book." So Deliverance researched publishing, and followed her sister's advice.

Now at thirty-four years of age, she has been at the Woodstock Farmers Market many Sundays this past season selling tea, muffins, and copies of her book, "Journey and Destiny – A Collection of Living Poetry."

Her reflective and profound poems include life experiences dating from before high school graduation into her twenties. One poem, "Spaces, Faces, Embraces", she wrote at age seventeen to clarify to herself the journey one makes from darkness to light when a secret or lie is finally recognized or revealed to the inner self.

The end of the poem reads:

"Then came morning:

Upon sifting through darkness,

True embraces summoned a radiant sunrise,

Swallowing turmoil in its brilliance."

Brown muses on that poem, "The juxtaposition of 'the dark, the light, the silence, the voices', magnifies the need for the truth to have its voice in the earth and in the person."

Brown credits her father as someone who guided his eight children to be strong, patient, and always thankful for small blessings, even in the face of adversity and the difficulties of growing up. "My father fed patience and wisdom into us. He was so insistent. I listened to him, and I'm richer for it. And gratitude sustains you and gives you physical and mental energy."

Brown's youngest sister, Gwen – a graphic artist, illustrator and animation artist – illustrated the cover of the book, which contains 123 pages of poetry, along with explanations of what inspired her to write some of the poems.

If you are interested in having your own copy, e-mail Deliverance at – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

There will also be a display copy on the front table in the Woodstock Community Center for those interested. The Community Center is at S.E. 43rd and Knight Street, in the block north of Woodstock Boulevard; its hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon.

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