Smog Mother (Paperback)
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.
About the Author
John Wall Barger is the author of five previous books of poetry: Pain-proof Men (2009); Hummingbird (2012), finalist for the Raymond Souster Award; The Book of Festus (2015), finalist for the J.M. Abraham Award; The Mean Game (2019), finalist for The Phillip H. McMath Book Award; and Resurrection Fail (2021). He is a contract editor at Frontenac House, and teaches in the BFA Program for Creative Writing at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. See: johnwallbarger.com.