Geoffrey G. O’Brien is the author, most recently, of Experience in Groups. He teaches English at the University of California at ­Berkeley and San Quentin State Prison.
 (May 2019)

IN THE REVIEW

The Conditions of Belief

How easily it goes down into How softly its replacement comes Shifting color through a line Of clouds far enough to be Unconcerned with those inside The dome gone vulnerable Carnations brightest where Their last forms drain …