Adam Clay

Adam Clay is the author of A Hotel Lobby at the Edge of the World (Milkweed Editions, 2012) and The Wash (Parlor Press, 2006). A third book of poems is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Ploughshares, Poetry Daily, Crab Orchard Review, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, The Kenyon Review Online, Black Warrior Review, Iowa Review, The Pinch, and elsewhere. He co-edits TYPO Magazine and teaches at the University of Illinois Springfield.


Muscling Meaning into Days: A Review of Adam Clay’s To Make Room for the Sea

In the poem “Understories,” Adam Clay writes, “Say observation / is the kindest of all actions,” and, in context, these lines are less a command than an experiment—which is good, because I think experience disproves the hypothesis: there are greater kindnesses than observation. At the same time, observation is a […]


Compost Hymn by Adam Clay

  A worm split in two must be an ideogram for something. Someone once said nothing incomprehensible on earth can exist— rather, one’s vantage point obscures understanding past the point of sanity. Yes, this world belongs to scavengers, and yes we are briefly a part of it. This city could […]