University of Akron Press
The poems in Twice Told roam through Midwest and western landscapes haunted by shards of nineteenth-century gothic novels, war stories, warnings, and the ghosts of known and imagined lovers, mothers, soldiers, trainmates, and mistresses. These are poems interested in narrative framing, repetition, rumor, humor, and hearsay; poems that loop back in on themselves as they compulsively repeat the details of furious, apparitional pasts—implicating both teller and reader in their impacts.
Caryl Pagel holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and MFAs from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She is the author of two collections of poetry, Twice Told (University of Akron Press) and Experiments I Should Like Tried at My Own Death (Factory Hollow Press). Her poetry and prose has appeared in AGNI, The Collagist, Entropy, The Iowa Review, The Mississippi Review, and The Paris Review, among other journals. Caryl is the cofounder and editor of Rescue Press, a poetry editor at jubilat, and the director of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center. She is an assistant professor at Cleveland State University, where she teaches poetry and nonfiction for undergraduates and in the NEOMFA program. She is the recipient of grants and residencies from Cleveland State University, Headlands Center for the Arts, The Hermitage Artist Retreat, and the Ohio Arts Council.