by Zachary Schomburg
paperback / 224 p. / Poetry
“Schomburg is a comedic king, his work, a rabbit hole of innovative, whimsical darkness."
There once was a maar named Pulver
Maar. Pulver Maar loved being a maar. It
loved its rim and its footpath, and it loved its
phreatomagmatic eruptions and its bathing
place. But what it loved most of all was its
dove. Like all doves, its dove was a dove of
love. The dove dove down deep. It dove
down deep into the maar’s love. Where it is
warm. And where it is made.
In Zachary Schomburg’s own words, Pulver Maar is “is a collection of poems written between 2014 and 2018. Some of the poems are long, and some of them are short.” These are every bit the poems you’ve come to dream of, long for, and expect from Schomburg, where clouds fall in love and Bob the Buoy bobs in the center of the sea. They are playful but not all play; they carry a humanity and an acute awareness of what it is to try to make a life, whether you’re a mountain or dust or just a human.
Zachary Schomburg is the author of The Man Suit; Scary, No Scary; Fjords Vol 1.; and The Book of Joshua, all published by Black Ocean. His first novel, Mammother, was published by Featherproof Books. He is also the publisher of Octopus Books and an illustrator and teacher. He lives in Portland, Oregon.