Poetry. In THE BASALISK, Rick Mullin offers a quarantine diary with poems dating back to 2017. A spirit of interiority prevails. Yet in these 15-line sonnets, one will find the heart of a doomed clown, the terrible eye of an airborne hawk, and the sweeping gesture of an empire in decline. Lockdown is a metaphor after the fact, constraint a paradox in poems that confess a peculiar faith in memory’s hidden design.
Rick Mullin's poetry has appeared in various journals and anthologies, including American Arts Quarterly, Measure, The New Criterion, The Dark Horse, The Raintown Review, Epiphany, and Rabbit Ears: TV Poems. His books include SOUTINE (2012) COELACANTH (2013), SONNETS FROM THE VOYAGE OF THE BEAGLE (2014), STIGNATZ AND THE USER OF VICENZA (2016), TRANSOM (2017), and THE BASALISK (2021) all published by Dos Madres Press, Lullaby and Wheel (Kelsay Books, 2019), and Huncke (second edition, Exot Books, 2021). He is a painter and journalist living in northern New Jersey.Author City: CALDWELL, NJ USA