Festival

Festival

Festival, by Broc Rossell. Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2105. $16, 98 pages.

It is common knowledge among poets that in Italian and Romansh, “stanza” translates to “room,” evoking the paradox of separation and connectedness, of transitioning within a …

Landfalls

Landfalls

Landfallsby Naomi J. Williams. Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 2015. $26, 336 pages.

In the third chapter of Naomi J. Williams’ novel Landfalls, a group of men look for a town that seems to have gone missing from the world. “How …

Solutionaires

Babbs and Clean-Willy iron together in the buff.
You can see them. Babbs’ jelly-fish figure.
Clean-Willy the same but harder and hirsute,
like a balding chimp, smoking as he sprays starch.
They are half-drunk but diligent
in their ironing uniforms …