Summer 2023 • Vol. XLV No. 1 IntroductionJune 15, 2023 |

Joanna Klink Introduces Charlie Decker

Charlie Decker was raised in Oklahoma in an evangelical house. “And one of the running beliefs,” he writes, which is intended as a comfort, I think, was that God was literally everywhere all the time, in all things, ubiquitous. This sense of being under constant observation was very unsettling to me, and unlike a lot of people I knew, I was keenly aware of the plausibility of it, or what I thought was plausible — the way the strangeness of the world moved and had characteristics of a spirit seemed to reinforce this sensation, which was not a metaphor to me at all. From his manuscript “Lament of a Well,” “Into” is an incantation carried by anaphora as well as a paean to poetry, to the energies surging through hunters, cells, fish feeding on sediment, tyrants, skulls, and the “fever that swims into the cheeks from the edges of the face.” It begins with an injection and tracks a process of immersion into discrete moments of privacy and injury, decompositio

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Joanna Klink is the author of five books of poetry, most recently The Nightfields. She teaches at the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, Texas.

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