In Riding Thermals to Winter Grounds the poet, “a cleanup man” who has “settled in the Dachaus of the mind & learned to love the guards,” looks back, feels “invisibility coming on,” and prepares “to go home” ... “the fair means to Montauk grow out of my shoulder blades.”
About Djelloul Marbrook’s Far from Algiers, winner of the 2007 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Award and the 2010 International Book Award in poetry:
. . . I find some perfection of style, including images, in his verse . . . as succinct as most stanzas by Dickinson. . . . an unusually mature, confidently composed first poetry collection.
—Susanna Roxman (author of Crossing the North Sea), in Prairie Schooner
Djelloul Marbrook was born in Algiers and grew up in New York. He served in the U.S. Navy and for many years was a newspaper reporter and editor (Providence Journal, Elmira Star-Gazette, Baltimore Sun, Winston-Salem Journal, Washington Star, among others). His awards include the Wick Poetry Prize (2007), the Literal Latté fiction prize (2008), and the International Book Award in Poetry (2010). His poetry has been published in many journals, including American Poetry Review, Barrow Street, Taos Poetry Journal, Orbis (UK), Le Zaporogue (Denmark), Oberon, The Same, Reed, Fledgling Rag, Poets Against the War and Poemeleon. He lives in New York's mid-Hudson Valley with his wife Marilyn and maintains a lively presence on Facebook, Twitter and at djelloulmarbrook.com.