Smog Mother


The strongest collection yet from a poet writing at the height of his powers.

In Smog Mother, John Wall Barger asks: What is a poet without a home? Over and over he finds answers in the joy of duende, the goblin spirit that, as Lorca says, “will not approach at all if he does not see the possibility of death, if he is not convinced he will circle death’s house.” Ranging from an anti-government rally on the streets of Bangkok to a train trip on the Trans-Mongolian Railway, Smog Mother is the strongest collection yet from a poet writing at the height of his powers.


John Wall Barger

John Wall Barger is the author of five collections of poetry. His poems and critical writing have appeared in American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review Online, ZYZZYVA, The Cincinnati Review, Poetry Ireland Review, and Best of the Best Canadian Poetry. He’s a contract editor with Frontenac House, and teaches in the BFA Program for Creative Writing at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
Chapter Contributors Pages Year Price
Smog Mother – On a Metro at the Edge of the Jungle where Tigers Walked – Fireflies – Bathroom Attendant in Tai Po Megamall – 100 Doves Released for Wedding Pictures at …
23 $2.30
Samovar – At the Củ Chi Tunnels – A Girl on Khaosan Road Selling Lottery Tickets Gently Hides Her Two Withered Arms – Public Cremation, Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu …
30 $3.00
Beauty Too Close – Dead Calf by the Road – Sipping Tequila with a Friend on My Roof under the Cold Blowtorch Moon – Dukkha – On a North Train to Casarsa, Midwinter, …
25 $2.50