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Poetry. Like the climatic force to which its title alludes, the poems of THE CORIOLIS EFFECT have the equator at the core of their geographical, literary, and emotional sensibilities. Moving between Ecuador and Appalachia, and between cities and mountains, the poems draw a world of cultures in contact; they suggest the impact of living between worlds and in multiple spheres of memory, where uniquely imagined people and places share space, taking as their subjects love, community, poverty, human suffering, and the myriad forces that cause them–and more strangely–bats, trash, joints rolled from pocket bibles, and urban graffiti. “These poems are smart, well-made, and humane. In its wise enterprise, whether the poems are the set in Latin America or the rural South, the collection seems much bigger than a chapbook. Mr. Dowdy is the real deal”–John Balaban.