Published: March 11, 2019

Brian Barker, Associate Professor of English and Poetry Editor for Copper Nickel published his third book of poems, Vanishing Acts (Southern Illinois University Press). In Vanishing Acts, Brian Barker cements his reputation as one of contemporary poetry’s great surrealists. These prose poems read like dreams and nightmares, fables and myths. With a dark whimsicality, Barker explores such topics as extinction, power, class, the consequences of tyranny and war, and the ongoing destruction of the environment in the name of progress.