“In Polaroids, Steven Paschall develops his meditation on vision, building from snapshots of the second-sighted to a serial narrative of an artist, the poet’s alter-ego, as he stitches the singular moments of perception into a totalizing vision of the world seen so purposefully it may become a kind of blindness. Like the photographs that provide the title, here are so many moments of light or enlightenment that will never come again. So here is a new voice, a young poet who evidences his own uniqueness again and again.”
—Jake Adam York, author of A Murmuration of Starlings
“Polaroids is a collection that both questions and undermines all of our assumptions about how we choose to “see” our world. This is always the highest ambition of art. As we question the stability of what moves in and out of vision in our material world, how can we help but to look ever more deeply within? The poems of Steven Paschall’s Polaroids are like images from a deck of blackened Tarot cards, a sequence of which begins foretelling our futures now hanging in the deepest of mists, futures we can only viscerally sense but never completely apprehend, never entirely bring into focus, never in our lifetimes finally—truly—see.”
—David St. John
Steven Paschall holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature/Creative Writing from the University of Colorado-Denver. He lives in France, working or not as a translator/teacher/volunteer counselor, and is currently writing new books, recording a fourth album of music, and working on a second photography collection.