In his collection of poetry, Black Leapt In
, Chris Forhan mainly explores the topic of childhood and adolescence. You might want to groan and mutter, "What poet or author hasn't written about his childhood ad nauseam?" Before you do that, though, understand that Forhan (who teaches at Butler University) presents the well-worn material of growing up in fresh and interesting ways, often carrying the reader through the poem with vivid imagery about his love for the Beatles or the loss of his father. Forhan's father departed a long time ago, but as a poet and person, Forhan still struggles to fully understand the reality of it, and the poetry benefits.