In One Version of the Story (New Issues 2016) is a collection of poems that explores the ways human beings confront desire, obsession, and loss by creating stories. It builds from the nineteenth century French folk legend of l’Inconnue de la Seine, her famous death mask, and her third life as the face of Resusci-Anne. The book stalks the Paris streets, sighs in a suburban Ohio gymnasium, climbs a Mediterranean volcanic island, and blinks on foggy Houston sidewalks.
Poems from this project appear or are forthcoming in Pleiades, Third Coast, Southeast Review, Another Chicago Magazine, Southern Review, Quarterly West, and DIAGRAM, and poems from this book were twice anthologized in Best New Poets (2012 and 2014).
The book is now available from New Issues.
A Broken Escalator Still Isn’t the Stairs (Concrete Wolf Poetry Series 2011) is a meditation on the meaning of absence and time. Written as an extended lyric essay (an earlier version was initially published as an essay in the journal, Pleiades) the project explores the intersection of language and longing to uncover, as D.A. Powell wrote of it, “reminders of the way in which memory endures.” It was selected by James Bertolino as the winner of the 2011 Concrete Wolf Poetry Series.
Casual Insomniac (Bateau Press 2011) is an exploration of passage – across the highways of America and through the quickly vanishing years. As Kevin Prufer wrote of it, the project “examines the intricacies of memory and human contact in a world that seems constantly shifting.” Poems from this chapbook first appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Southeast Review, and elsewhere. The manuscript won the 2011 “Boom” Prize and was published by Bateau in 2011.