Like most poets, Rob Carney has an eye for seeing things differently. It’s like turning a shape in one's hand to see what form it takes when viewed from the other side. The thing is, Carney’s craft more often reads like short stories or prose snippets of thoughts and keen observations than strict stanza poetry.
A professor at Utah Valley University, Carney has been widely published in literary journals such as the Atlanta Review, The National Poetry Review and Flash Fiction Forward, which speaks volumes as to his versatility. His newest book, Story Problems, is no exception. In one piece, he begins by writing about how dragonflies mistake his irrigation-flooded garden for a swamp, reflecting that, “The peas and tomatoes and carrots and melons, all the peaches hanging like a solar system—in every bite out of our garden, there’s a trace of the taste of snow. Just enough so you notice. Just enough to bring you closer to dragonflies.”