Cardboard Clouds by Ben Niespodziany

Cardboard Clouds

by Benjamin Niespodziany


Perfect bound | 100 pages | Paperback | Die-cut matte cover | 6×6″

Read a page before sleep and thou shalt dream insanely.

–Alex van Warmerdam
Director of Palme d’Or nominated film ‘Borgman’

A Surrealist collection of one-page-one-act plays, Cardboard Clouds is a book of accumulation whose characters ooze through the spine to bind a narrative. A theater’s audience faces a stage staged with a fake theater and watches as the first baby is made, as nearly-dead Death names the clouds. Cardboard Clouds performs the performance of performance, catalogs each and every charming danger of suspending one’s disbelief.


Excerpts from the book have appeared in Maudlin House, Tiny Molecules, and HOOT.

Benjamin Niespodziany is the author of the chapbooks The Northerners (above/ground press, 2021) and Pickpocket the Big Top (Dark Hour Books, 2022). A former Olive Garden waiter, his work has been featured in FenceCrazyhorseFairy Tale ReviewSalt Hill, and other journals. His debut full-length poetry collection is out now through Okay Donkey Press. More can be found at