"The arrangement of the poems in Dolefully, a Rampart Stands create a sense of the ominous lingering out of sight: in the meadow, behind the door, on the next page. These poems hunt to answer the question: which is more brutal, nature or humanity? In their quest, they are tender, intimate, and quietly violent, like the kind of delirium that sets in during a heatwave, or a picnic in the distance, or holding ants under a magnifying glass to watch them burn."
A collection of haunting, image-rich poems about isolation, captivity, and vanishing. The poems in Paige Ackerson-Kiely's third collection are set primarily in the rural northeast of America, and explore rural poverty, entrapment, captivity, violence, and a longing to vanish. Ranging from free verse to a long noir prose poem, they examine who her, or our, "captors" might be. Ackerson-Kiely is interested in characters who are aware of their foibles, and who find ways to turn away from those problems in search of connection and freedom.