Smog Mother

By (author): John Wall Barger

In Smog Mother, John Wall Barger asks: What is a poet without a home? Over and over he finds answers in the joy of duende, the goblin spirit that, as Lorca says, “will not approach at all if he does not see the possibility of death, if he is not convinced he will circle death?s house.” Ranging from an anti-government rally on the streets of Bangkok to a train trip on the Trans-Mongolian Railway, Smog Mother is the strongest collection yet from a poet writing at the height of his powers.


John Wall Barger

John Wall Barger is the author of three previous books of poetry: Pain-proof Men (2009), Hummingbird (2011), and The Book Of Festus (2015), which was a finalist for the 2016 JM Abraham Poetry Award. His work has appeared in journals such as American Poetry Review, The Cincinnati Review, Poetry Ireland Review, Rattle, and the Best of the Best Canadian Poetry. In 2017, Barger’s poem ÒSmog MotherÓ was co-winner of The Malahat Review’s Long Poem Prize. He is currently an editor for Painted Bride Quarterly.


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80 Pages
8.50in * 5.50in * .45in


September 01, 2022


Palimpsest Press



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POETRY / Subjects & Themes / Animals & Nature

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