Poetry. "The poems in Geoffrey Woolf's new book — wise, sly, wry, and often outrageously funny — are based (rather loosely, I imagine) on Fontaines's Golden Wheel Fortune Teller and Dream Book (1862). Before Dr. Freud explored dreams as the royal road to the unconscious, Dr. Fontaine explored dreams as the royal road to wealth, since the numerical equivalents of his dream images became the numbers one could bet in the lottery. As the good doctor himself explains, the poet 'proposed that he should compile some of the great achievements I have facilitated for my readers and reconstruct the dreams they must have dreamed in order for my work to deliver them to fortune.' The result, a dazzling range of forms from sonnets to prose poems, may not make you rich, but will certainly lead you to contemplate the incongruities, absurdities, and occult truths which constitute (to cite another work of Dr. Freud) the psychopathologies of everyday life. In other words, Geoffrey Woolf's got your number." —Norman Finkelstein
Geoffrey Woolf lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he is Dean of Humanities and Sciences at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. His work has appeared in publications, including Poet Lore, Cutbank, Smartish Pace, and The Cincinnati Poetry Review. He is the author of FONTAINE'S GOLDEN WHEEL FORTUNE TELLER AND DREAM BOOK (Dos Madres Press, 2020), LEARN TO LOVE EXPLOSIVES (Dos Madres Press, 2016), Bogeyman (2012), and When You're Not Here, I Notice Things (2002). He is a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and The Werner Institute for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution at Creighton University.
Author City: LOVELAND, OH USA