The Slowdown w/ Tracy K. Smith 🔊– “There’s no one left to see his hands/lifting from the engine bay…”
New England Review – "Mike pins me to the sink, forearm/levered against my throat…"
Ploughshares 🔊– “He’d tell me/about the distant servers//that mine electronic coins/by solving complex equations.”
Sewanee Review – “Most days the same/with minor variations. Flat blue//of the 5am kitchen.”
Gulf Coast – "The receptionist holds up/a small paper bag/stapled shut. Whatever/you had worth saving."
NEA Writers' Corner – "He has state-sponsored cell phone minutes/and a camo jacket hung on the sideview to dry."
+ 🔊 via New England Review / Bread Loaf Writers' Conference here.
Lit Hub – “The aim is not to make a 1:1 model of my life, but to make, each time, the most arresting representation of what it feels like to be alive.”
Bat City Review – “He pinches the j between his first two fingers squints an eye against the ribbon of smoke sliding up and over his cheekbone.”
Bookpage – “There’s a story [the narrator] tells himself—a story of victimhood and helplessness paired with a poisonous masculine ideal—that derails and ultimately destroys him. He’s also a product of an economic system predicated on the oppression of an entire class of people.”
89.7 KMSU Weekly Reader 🔊– “I lose track of what’s real and what’s not. That’s necessary to make the art as strong and convincing as it can be.”
Sewanee Review – “Though it profoundly shaped who I am in a hundred ways—mostly, I think, for the better—there’s a part of me that will always regret running. The poems are an attempt to reckon with that choice.”