A poet chronicles a backstage view of America by rail.
Photo courtesy of Veronica Rafael.
By Danniel Schoonebeek
In the Fall of 2013, Danniel Schoonebeek was laid off from his job as an editor at a New York publishing house. That same day he began booking a national tour in support of his first book of poems, American Barricade. During that time he visited eighteen cities, old friends and strangers, a handful of towns, and one unincorporated village. C’est la guerre combines travel writing, photographs, movie reviews, and essays. It will be published in late 2015 by Poor Claudia.
Danniel Schoonebeek’s first book of poems, American Barricade, was published by YesYes Books in 2014. It was named one of the year’s ten standout debuts by Poets & Writers and called “a groundbreaking first book that stands to influence the aesthetic disposition of its author’s generation” by Boston Review. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The New Yorker, Poetry, Tin House, Iowa Review, Fence, BOMB, The Brooklyn Rail, jubilat, and elsewhere. The recipient of awards and honors from Millay Colony, Poets House, Oregon State University, and the Akademie Schloss Solitude, he hosts the Hatchet Job reading series and edits the PEN Poetry Series. In 2015, Poor Claudia will release his second book, a travelogue called C’est la guerre.