Poetry. "A call for identification is issued, leaving open the question of who signals and to whom. Begun in a moment of uncertainty and disconnection in the public sphere, continued in a time of enforced isolation, the poems of WHO GOES THERE thread a path among defensive borderlines and invisible incursions, passwords and countersigns, ambiguous omens and conspiratorial premonitions, dream visitations and shards of retrieved history. Fleeting and fragmentary narratives take shape as if to provide a populace for emptied spaces. The scene may shift from Merovingian Europe to the hills of an imagined Old West, and the action from street wars of children to subjugation by extraterrestrial invaders, but these are all poems of an inescapable city of the present moment, at once inward, virtual, and walled."—Geoffrey O'Brien
Geoffrey O'Brien, born in New York City, has published nine collections of poetry, among them FLOATING CITY (Talisman House, Publishers, 1995), Red Sky Café (Salt Publishing, 2005), Early Autumn (Salt Publishing, 2010), THE BLUE HILL (Marsh Hawk Press, 2018), and most recently WHO GOES THERE (Dos Madres Press, 2020). He is also the author of prose works including Hardboiled America (Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1981), Dream Time: Chapters from the Sixties (Viking, 1988), The Phantom Empire (W W Norton & Co Inc, 1993), The Browser's Ecstasy (Counterpoint, 2000), Sonata for Jukebox (Counterpoint, 2004), WHERE DID POETRY COME FROM (Marsh Hawk Press, 2020), and Arabian Nights of 1934 (Terra Nova Press, 2023). His writings on film, music, theater, and poetry have appeared frequently in The New York Review of Books and other periodicals. He worked as editor at Library of America for 25 years, retiring as editor in chief in 2017. He lives in Brooklyn.