BIographical note.

Caleb Curtiss has published poems, essays, criticism, and fiction in New England Review, Passages NorthNinth LetterThe Literary Review, American Short FictionInternational Poetry Review, TriQuarterly, The Southern Review, and elsewhere. In 2013 he was a finalist for the Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly Poetry Award and in 2015 Black Lawrence Press published his chapbook, A Taxonomy of the Space Between Us. He has studied poetry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Creative Writing Program, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and Vermont College of Fine Arts.

A poetry playlist


The City” by C.P. Cavafy

"Song" by Brigit Pegeen Kelly

"Leda, After the Swan" by Carl Phillips

"Wreck" by Janine Joseph

"The Gate" by Marie Howe

"Homosexuality" by Henri Cole

"These Lacustrine Cities" by John Ashbery

Belfast Confetti” by Ciaran Carson

What we’re talking about here” by Matthew Minicucci

Advertisement” Wisława Szymborska

"Amber Doll" by Ladan Osman

Alternative Names for Black Boys” Danez Smith

"Litany In Which Certain Things Are Crossed Out" by Richard Siken

"Vixen" by W.S. Merwin

"After great pain, a formal feeling comes" by Emily Dickinson

"Am Moor" by Lucie Brock-Broido