The second collection from the award-winning author of Hacker Packer.


Anthropomorphized animals, grotesque human figures, and metamorphosed beasts are caught between the human world and the fantastic: the witches of Goya’s Black Paintings, the impish Rumpelstiltskin who splits himself in two, the nymphs of classical mythology. In sonically rich verse employing surrealist imagery and mischievous narratives, Drolleries invokes its various beasts either as a means of escape, or as aids in the process of working through internal turmoil, existential doubt, and heartbreak. This collection delves into the subconscious, the occult, and tragedies both personal and historical to investigate how the lure of romantic relationships, the enchantments of great art, and the seductions of power can be personally transformative.