Adam Clay is the author of The Wash. His poems have appeared in Boston Review, Gulf Coast, Quarterly West, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. He co-edits Typo magazine and lives in Lexington, Kentucky.
The distilled, haunting, and subtly complex poems in Adam Clay’s A Hotel Lobby at the Edge of the World often arrive at that moment when solitude slips into separation, when a person suddenly realizes he can barely see the place he set out from however long ago. He now sees he must find his connection back to the present, socially entangled world in which he lives. For Clay, reverie can be a siren’s song, luring him to that space in which prisoners will begin 'to interrogate themselves.'
"With a voice that is at once beautifully intimate and strikingly honest, Adam Clay’s A Hotel Lobby at the Edge of the World is a remarkable exploration of the smallest human mysteries. Clay’s tenderness toward the world is contagious even while he dissects its sometimes brutal isolation. These poems hover in and out of dreams, follow the mind’s wild wanderings, interrogate language, reveal the heart’s ambitions, all the while remaining brilliantly anchored to the physicality of all things earthbound."
"One of Adam Clay’s wonderful poems ends ‘and nature still acts / as though it does not see you.’ What I love about these poems is that they too are free of self-consciousness, sentient and surprising as only living things can be, intimate and compelling precisely because they don’t aim to please but to exist. In his own words again, reading this book is like ‘centering yourself along unrecorded boundaries’ that Clay has somehow managed to discern for us and translate into poems that are in turns clear and strange, and always warmly memorable."