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• DESCRIPTION •
An iceberg celebrates, by accident, its birthday. The highway patrol approaches a wet sofa left by the side of the road, discussing later what they could’ve done better with their heat.
Jordan Stempleman's newest collection crunches through the dirty snow of trying to love when love is gone, heaving from room to room, humming from joke to dark, car to gym, chainsaws and milkweed, bathroom faucets that fall apart in your hands, history private and public, men shaving in the public water fountain.
No one is saying health even happens, but if it did, it might happen like Stempleman says: "There are stupid things we put in us. / Some of these things go from stupid to nothing. / A few never really leave."
Cover image by Emily Hunt, type design by Rebecca Hanssens-Reed
• BIO •
Jordan Stempleman is a writer living in Kansas City, Missouri. He co-edits The Continental Review, teaches writing and literature at the Kansas City Art Institute, and curates A Common Sense Reading Series.
• REVIEWS •
"Stempleman’s true gift in Wallop is teasing the line between genuine and accurate ... plead[ing] for an innocence that cannot be catalogued or even satisfyingly expressed." — Jeff Alessandrelli at Kenyon Review
• BLURBS •
I watch after the little town, its wind,
when it comes, its sky, grotesque
out of love, out of a fate left closer
to the truth.
I count the people feeling uncomfortable
around the pool table
and those who’ve never worn
a sombrero. The fake pets
and dummied up bed sheets. The reacquainted twilight
on the boy come free
from the algae. Wet towel still wet, still wet,
still wet on the dock.
• EXCERPTS •
"A Piece of That" and "Getting Ready" in H_NGM_N
"Verging" and "In a Sense a Scene" in iO Poetry
"For Us All" in Sixth Finch
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