A Hotel in Belgium
Brett Fletcher Lauer
A Stahlecker Series Selection
A Hotel in Belgium explores the emotional space between loyalty and skepticism. Here is a psyche preoccupied with both doubt and dread, but also a desire to surrender itself to the risks of love and trust. These smart, beautiful poems—often complicating their lyricism with formal rigor and adaptations of found texts—investigate the delicacy of human relationships and the hopeful relentlessness with which we pursue them. The voice of these poems is tender, imaginative and sometimes wry, building an urgent narrative of melancholy, self-doubt and the ultimate resilience of the spirit.
From “What Prevails”:
“After much thoroughness, what prevails / is exhaustion, glowing fluorescent lights. / I sleep it off as both guilty and innocent must.”