No. Wait. I Can Explain.
The poems and microfiction of No. Wait. I Can Explain. are predominately surreal and playful. Many are unified by the quirky voices of hardscrabble speakers who have experienced social and economic turmoil, and a resulting psychic instability. Via interior monologues and uncanny dialogues, speakers take liberties with standard colloquial speech, invent unusual similes, and employ unconventional variants of American idioms. They also offer startling insights and unexpected moments of wisdom. Both in spite of, and because of, speakers’ peculiarities, the poems and microfiction of No. Wait. I Can Explain. seek to offer keen, if unsettling, glimpses into the darker—and often darkly humorous— underlying dimensions of contemporary American life.
Brad Rose was born and raised in Los Angeles, and lives in Boston. In addition to No. Wait. I Can Explain., he is the author of three collections of poetry and flash fiction, Pink X-Ray, de/tonations, and Momentary Turbulence. A new book of prose poems, WordinEdgeWise is forthcoming. Six times nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and three times nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology, Brad’s poetry and fiction have appeared in over 100 journals, including The Los Angeles Times, The American Journal of Poetry, New York Quarterly, Puerto del Sol, Clockhouse, Cloudbank, Baltimore Review, 45th Parallel, Best Microfiction 2019, Lunch Ticket, and Cultural Daily. Brad is also the author of seven poetry chapbooks, including the recently released Collateral, and Funny You Should Ask. His website is: www.bradrosepoetry.com