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After Dayton
C.S. Carrier

Stahlecker Selections

Four Way
2008 • 54 pp. 6 x 9"

$15.95 Paperback, 978-1-884800-85-6

The suburban world of After Dayton is radioactive, diseased and energetic in equal measure. It pulses and strobes with the exothermic reactions of modern science and the familiar everyday colliding: “battery-operated candlesticks still burn the secrets of Christmas.” These poems strive desperately to name, but objects and people squirm and metamorphose before them. Bodies and machines become indistinguishable: “diaphragmatic camshafts,” “anvils in my ears.” These poems offer us a strange and frightening animation, the phenomenal world alive in singular ways. This is, as Carrier writes at one point, “avant garde choreography.” Carrier has given us an innovative reworking of the lyric voice, unsettling what we can expect from lyric poetry. In the speaker’s own words: “It’s nothing I could have imagined.”

From the Book:


An azalea maneuvers beside the porch.
I sit on a rockwall below the azalea and its eyebent petals.
I burn between my azaleas.
Backpedaling, the azalea surrenders its arms.
My hair's the most beautiful azalea.
I don't speak until spoken to,
until an azalea's strapped to my back. Where I coalesce
I butcher the Spanish azaleas of tongues.
I take pictures of barns and rock formations
along the azalea...

C.S. CARRIER was born in Dayton, Ohio and grew up in North Carolina. He attended Western Carolina University, and earned an MFA from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. His work has appeared in 6x6, American Letters and Commentary, Coconut, LIT, Pleiades, Verse, Word For/Word and elsewhere. He teaches at the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Connecticut.

Mon, 18 Jun 2018 11:56:11 -0500