Winner of the 2018/19 BOOM Chapbook Contest

Kola Superdeep Borehole by Joe Fletcher

Come, stare into this abyss and marvel as I did at this 7.6-mile-deep sequence of plutonic poems.Imagine Vincent Price reading to you engineering trade journal articles written by Edgar Allan Poe as plagiarized by Count Arne Saknussemm. Kola Superdeep Borehole is about sublimity, dehiscence, bear maulings, and whatever krugylash might be. It’s the heretofore unknown narrative of Dr. Azzakov, the fictitious Russian engineer who recorded wailing souls in Hell from Earth’s core in the 1980s. He’s a gentleman-scholar, an engineer-maudit: fulsomely allusive, replete with folklore and orotund exactitudes about mining. We all know there are holes so deep you could read a book before you hit bottom. This is that book.
—Corwin Ericson, author of Swell and Checked Out OK


Joe Fletcher is the author of the full-length collection, The Hatch (Brooklyn Arts Press) and two chapbooks: Already It Is Dusk (Brooklyn Arts Press) and Sleigh Ride (Factory Hollow Press). Other work of his can be found at jubilat, Octopus, Slope, Gulf Coast, Painted Bride Quarterly, Hollins Critic, Puerto del Sol, and elsewhere. Joe holds a BA from the University of Michigan, an MFA in poetry from the University of Massachusetts, and a PhD in English Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he currently teaches in the Department of English and Comparative Literature. He also teaches in the North Carolina prison system and serves as Managing Editor of the William Blake Archive