I hope for an unimaginable species requiring epiphanies to describe, but every word’s a sin against truth, every line a struggle to be honest, every syllable a pitfall. Defeat must be welcomed, as artists know, bitterness must bless apples and humble us, help us to understand we’re not the ultimate of anything we’re seasoning, foretaste, interim creatures, intervals drunk on disrepute, the scent of our disrespect, angry to be mortal, operatically ashamed. The best we can do is open our arms to the species coming in.
Djelloul Marbrook is the author of ten books of fiction and twelve of poetry, including Far from Algiers (2008, Kent State University Press), winner of the Wick Poetry Prize and the International Book Award in Poetry. His latest fiction is the trilogy Light Piercing Water(2018). Suffer the Children (poems and a novella) is for release Oct. 14. A retired newspaper editor, photographer and Navy veteran who grew up in Brooklyn, Long Island and Manhattan, he lives in Germantown with his wife Marilyn. He is widely published in journals and maintains a lively presence on Flickr, Twitter and Facebook (www.facebook.com/djelloul.marbrook.5).