By Chuck Carlise
2011 Boom Winner
Here are poems of passage—through the time and space of highways, laundromats, and late-night conversations that make up a known history. Though the past and future get blurry. Memory as a tool leaves more questions than answers: a reflection in the window.
“Casual Insomniac is a pensive, dark, highly intelligent collection of poems that examines the intricacies of memory and human contact in a world that seems constantly shifting. The voices at work here are like those I admire most in poetry, examining the familiar world in ways that are provocative and new.”
— Kevin Prufer
About the Author: Chuck Carlise
Chuck Carlise was born in Canton, Ohio. He is also the author of A Broken Escalator Still Isn’t the Stairs (2011 Concrete Wolf Chapbook Series winner). His poems and essays appear in Southern Review, Pleiades, DIAGRAM, Quarterly West, Beloit Poetry Journal, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Southeast Review and others.