Jay Deshpande (CRF 2018)’s new chapbook, The Umbrian Sonnets, is now available for preorder. Written during his fellowship at Civitella Ranieri, these poems explore a problem he find myself facing more and more these days: What use is beauty in a time of so much cruelty? Jenny Xie (CRF 2018) has praised its “keen lyrical intelligence, and deep reserves of care,” while Richie Hofmann says that “in sonnet after sonnet, marvelous abstractions find meaning in sumptuous architectures.” The book will be out in November and you can order your copy now.