Blood-Brain Barrier

In these poems, the hidden lives of board game pieces, dinosaurs, lace-makers, test-takers, and bad Orson Welles imitators materialize through a steam-cloud of anxiety. Their strange speakers stroll or slip or run through the inner and outer architectures of life on an overheated, underhanded world.

“Morrison’s debut poetry collection…startles me like a secret talent, like a shower aria heard through a bathroom door. The poems have a dynamic range that spans from comical to contemplative, often pivoting from one to the other in the same line, and then back again. The feeling is one of blood rushing from head to heart, often ending in a kind of vasovagal syncope when things take a sudden surprising turn, as Morrison’s poems often do.”

– Matthew Tomkinson for The Ormsby Review