A Hotel Lobby at the Edge of the World

Poetry

A Hotel Lobby at the Edge of the World

“One of the best young American poets writing today.” —ALEX LEMON

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The haunting and crystalline poems in Adam Clay’s A Hotel Lobby at the Edge of the World examine the moment when solitude slips into separation, when a person realizes he can barely see the place he set out from, and must make his way back to the present.

Imagining the return to daily life as a negotiation between an inner world and the natural one, this collection tracks the subtly shifting tenors of thought that occur as the landscape around the speaker changes. In this journey, reverie can be a siren’s song, and Thoreau’s “border life” between civilization and wildness is realized in all its possibilities and difficulties. The resulting poems live somewhere between those of James Wright and John Ashbery: they seek wholeness even as they acknowledge that “a fragment is as complete as thought can be.”

Thoughtful and subtly complex, A Hotel Lobby at the Edge of the World is a collection filled with a generous gentleness—an attention to the world so careful it’s as if the mind is “washing each grain of sand.”

ISBN:
978-1-57131-441-3
Publish Date: 
02/01/2012
Pages: 
96
Author

Adam Clay is the author of Stranger, as well as two previous collections of poetry. He is co-editor of TYPO Magazine and Book Review Editor for Kenyon Review, and teaches creative writing at the University of Illinois Springfield.

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