A new episode of theÂ New Books in Poetry podcast is up. I had an amazing conversation with Carl Marcum about his new book A Camera Obscura (Red Hen Press, 2021).
A Camera Obscura is a lyrical exploration of external and internal worlds. The heavens described in these poems could be the stars glittering above our heads, the pathways of faith, or the connection between human beings. Playing with scientific understandings of the world, along with the linguistic conventions of the poetic form,Â A Camera ObscuraÂ is a compelling journey that simultaneously drifts through the cosmos while being rooted to the ground beneath our feet.
â€œWhen the sun rose it was smaller
than in my dream. I had been asleep
for what felt a long time, and woke
confused and claustrophobic.
The texture of the sky still magnetized me,
a desert bright day. But the light is streaked
like too much everything pulled to the edges
of a window in storm.â€
â€” from â€œA Science Fictionâ€
You can listen to the interviewÂ hereÂ or on the podcast app of your choice.