After a long hiatus, we are pleased to present Caryl Pagel's new chaplet, Mausoleum. One part inner monologue and one part pure haunting, these poems circle and measure 'the precise details' of inner states of loss. Pagel's work is pleasurable for its formal elegance and for its ghostly or opaque voice, one that unfolds mysteriously on the page.
Once when you were young
you committed errors Once when you
were young you fell in love
with a moody bard There were
no stakes and from the grave
in which you wait you have
little to do but forever regret
CARYL PAGEL is the author of EXPERIMENTS I SHOULD LIKE TRIED AT MY OWN DEATH, published by Factory Hollow Press. She is the co-founder and editor of Rescue Press and a poetry editor at jubilat. She lives in Chicago.