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Brocken Spectre (Alice James Books)
Set in San Francisco, Brocken Spectre examines the way the past presses up against the present. The speaker, raised in the wake of the AIDS crisis, engages with ideas of belatedness, of looking back to a past that cannot be inhabited, of the ethics of memory, and of the dangers in memorializing and romanticizing tragedy.
Jacques J. Rancourt is the author of two full-length poetry collections, Brocken Spectre (Alice James Books, 2021) and Novena (Pleiades Press, 2017), as well as a chapbook, In the Time of PrEP (Beloit Poetry Journal, 2018). He is the recipient of a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, and his poems have appeared in journals such as the Boston Review, Georgia Review, Kenyon Review, Missouri Review, New England Review, Ploughshares, Southern Review, and Virginia Quarterly Review. Born and raised in rural Maine, Jacques lives in San Francisco.
Corey Van Landingham is the author of Love Letter to Who Owns the Heavens, forthcoming from Tupelo Press, and Antidote, winner of the 2012 OSU/The Journal Award in Poetry. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Wallace Stegner Poetry Fellowship from Stanford University, and her work has appeared in American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry, Boston Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and The New Yorker. Corey is a Book Review Editor for Kenyon Review and Poetry Editor for Ninth Letter, and teaches in the MFA Program at the University of Illinois.