Blue Whale Phenomena


Blue Whale Phenomena

My debut poetry collection, Blue Whale Phenomena, 2019 from Otis Books (Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, California) is available for purchase at Small Press Distribution: 

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Blue Whale Phenomena praise

"Steve Castro is a contemporary surrealist in the spirit of James Tate and Russell Edson and Charles Simic. His poems, imaginative, fearless and full of wit, take us into new and strange worlds that resemble our own in dark and scary ways."

Maura Stanton, Emeriti Faculty, Department of English, Indiana University-Bloomington; winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize for Snow on Snow (1974), selected by Stanley Kunitz (1905-2006); winner of the O. Henry Award (2014).


“Steve Castro’s Blue Whale Phenomena depicts the world as it really is, with all its strange correspondences and upended situations, the never-could-be-expected always, you might say expectedly, what happens next. In this tome of a debut, Castro shows his poetic range and intelligence and marvelous sense of curiosity, as well as his particular mastery of the image, which fixes him within a lineage of writers that includes Poe and Baudelaire, and farther back, to Coleridge and Blake. I love his writing and am thrilled to celebrate this beautiful arrival.”

David Keplinger, Professor, Department of Literature, American University, Washington, D.C.; winner of the 2019 UNT Rilke Prize (Another City, Milkweed, 2018); winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize (1999) for The Rose Inside selected by Mary Oliver (1935-2019).