Hello Cruel World

J. Taylor Bell

January 2022
Side-stapled, 36 pages, 8.5 x 5.5 inches
Cover design by Natalie Evans
Printed on Risograph 
Edition of 125
12 USD

About the book

J. Taylor Bell’s first chapbook, Hello Cruel World, solicits the reader’s undying companionship while navigating late capitalist dystopia. These poems are a downward-facing dogma set in a world catching more on fire each day; to the blaze, they offer neither gasoline nor water. Instead, they are an elegy to barely getting by, against the arrogance of solutions, and they are extremely in favor of seeking solidarity in Outback Steakhouse’s famed Bloomin’ Onion dish.

About the author

Taylor Bell (he/him) is from Fort Worth, Texas and studied Poetry at Queen’s University Belfast, where he was the Seamus Heaney Center International Scholar of 2018-19. He was a finalist for the Loraine Williams Poetry Prize as well as the Mairtín Crawford Award, and will be starting PhD research at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia whenever it’s safe. 


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