In x, Dan Chelotti conjures voices that wander, pause, analyze, articulate, attempt to enlighten, fail to enlighten, and then answer that failure with laughter. The wildly inventive imagery in these cinematic pieces lodges them somewhere between the surreal and the pure symbol, colorful and smooth like the lyrics of John Ashbery or Linda Pastan. In Chelotti’s poems, diamonds talk and sheriffs balance frogs on the tips of pens.
The rain says, Listen to Debussy,
go ahead, Debussy will fix you.
?From ?Migraine Cure”
The secret to including everything
is to intricately divide your mind
and then, all of a sudden,
?From ?Still Life on a Scrolling Background”
Dan Chelotti is the author of a chapbook, The Eights (Poetry Society of America, 2006), which was selected by Yusef Komunyakaa for the PSA’s National Chapbook Fellowship. His poems and reviews have appeared in Fence, Boston Review, Gulf Coast, Kenyon Review Online, and many other magazines, and they’ve been anthologized in State of the Union (Wave, 2008) and in Free Verse’s ?New Voices from New England Supplement.” He has an MFA from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and has worked as an Assistant Managing Editor for Verse Press. Chelotti is an Assistant Professor of English at Elms College in western Massachusetts.