Whether it’s an exquisite corpse or ghost writing, a veneer of the supernatural often seems to manifest when writers collaborate. The wild and whimsical world evoked in The Book of Treasures, a new collection of poems by collaborating writers Shane Moritz and Dustin Junkert, certainly contains familiar phenomena—CDs, cineplexes, Celicas—but the atmosphere is different.
The otherworldliness is underscored by the illustrations of David Nichols, an Australian artist whose drawings of anthropomorphized creatures populate the pages as periodic reminders that the stories filling The Book of Treasures serve as portals to somewhere else.
Of the three contributors to The Book of Treasures, only Moritz is based in Baltimore. He met Junkert while writing fiction in graduate school at Georgia College & State University where they began collaborating while studying with poetry professor Laura Newburn.