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The Cumulus Effect
J. Mae Barizo

Stahlecker Selections

Four Way
2015 • 84 pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry - Women Authors / Poetry - Asian American

$15.95 Paperback, 978-1-935536-64-2

The Cumulus Effect haunts, surprises, and fascinates the reader . . .”—Jean Valentine

Titled after the sequential patterns of shape-shifting clouds, The Cumulus Effect explores geography, desire, and memory

The Cumulus Effect alternates between the act of forgetting and the tumult of remembering. Minimalist, but insistently mercurial, the poems move through American and European cities: seduction in an Neoclassical palace in Saint Petersburg; a “hindsight of blood” in New York City; late-summer longing in Berlin’s Senefelder Platz. The Cumulus Effect sets on the page a prismatic and complex topography of the body forever en route.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“It is clear we are in the hands of a highly cultivated, intelligent writer . . .”—Phillip Lopate

“J. Mae Barizo is an eternal wanderer whose exquisite, aesthetically evolved perceptions are uncanny and transporting.”—Amy Gerstler

From the Book:

From “Traum”

Red of cartwheels. First blood, pin-prick on a thumb. Otherwise known
as ashamed, forced into its last bations. AM radio, string quartet sound.
As a child it was husband, the bridal dream; something that needed
to be found. And it was futile then to escape out of the inner yard.

J. MAE BARIZO is a prize-winning poet, critic, and performer. She is the recipient of fellowships and awards from Bennington College, the Jerome Foundation, and Poets House. She lives in New York City.

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