Marlowe Jones

Poetry | Cleveland State University | Class of 2024

Vivarium is a poetry collection that is half ecopoetics and half diary. It takes the form of musings the poet has while laying in bed with migraines, wandering around the city, and reflecting on past memories. It spans concerns that range from death by pyroclastic flow, to neolithic burial practices, to the small private dramas of spiders living on a city streetlight. This work is about the different scales of living creatures, and how these microcosms and macrocosms interact, influence each other, and reflect each other.

About Marlowe

Marlowe Jones is a poet from Vermilion, Ohio. When not writing, he is watching horror movies, birdwatching, or trying to identify bugs in his yard.

What’s on your nightstand right now?

Four separate world poetry anthologies, a bunch of comic books, three different bottles of over-the-counter painkillers, folders full of cut thesis poems, four different vials of essential oils that claim to cure migraines, and a can of pepsi zero.

Do you have any eccentric habits/strategies to get you started writing? What are they?

If I can’t bring myself to write, I watch PBS documentaries for two hours. Then I use whatever I found most interesting in the documentary as a jumping off point to write poems about from anywhere from one to two hours. Doing this I can output 14 poems a week at my best.

What’s your secret talent?

I can do a fairly accurate puffin call.