Winner of the 2014 Mississippi Valley/Susan K. Collins Poetry Chapbook Contest
“Evil is fantastic, shimmering, totally boring. Devastation is causal, inevitable, photoshopped. Profundity is detached, a parking lot, the B-movie of your most banal, necessary daydreams. Love is all of the above. So fuck death. Send postcards to ghosts. These poems are that carnival’s electric promise: to swallow you in weird, transformative light. But that’s no frivolous escape, it’s the desperate attempt “to make / a retina out of my heart.” What to do when fire breaks out in the fun house? Eat it alive.”
– Nick Sturm, author of HOW TO LIGHT
Jason Bredle is the author of four poetry collections, including Carnival, selected as an Editor’s Choice for the Akron Series in Poetry, and Standing in Line for the Beast, winner of the New Issues Poetry Prize. The recipient of a fellowship from the Illinois Arts Council, his work has been anthologized in 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day, Poems About Horses, Seriously Funny, and New Poetry from the Midwest, among other places. He lives with his family near Chicago.