Adult Fiction/Poetry



A poet-robot … a chain-smoking seductress … a dying connoisseur. All of these characters and more make appearances in my new collection of poems and drawings, Plumstuff.

Plumstuff is a reinvention of my out-of-print debut Plum Stuff. It contains 20 revised poems from that collection plus 40 new ones — and all-new drawings.

Poems and drawings from Plumstuff have appeared in The Walrus, Rattle, The Saturday Evening Post, The Wall Street Journal, Transition, The Feathertale Review, The New Quarterly, Quarterly West, The Antigonish Review and other outlets.


“A book for those who truly love words.” – Cloud Lake Litearary

“Bursting full in its depths.” – Cinnabar Moth

“A wonderful collection of poetry and drawings.” – Grist

“Sit with these poems … give them a 2nd or third go-round. Let them marinate the brain a bit so you can fully savor the flavor.” – The Poetry Conversation

“A writer who has developed his craft well, and we the reader get to savor the delights.” – Cinnabar Moth

Grab a copy of Plumstuff at your favorite indie shop, the publisher’s website, Amazon USA and Amazon UK — or get a signed copy via The Rolli Shop.

The Sea-Wave

The Sea Wave

*Longlisted for the 2017 Saboteur Award*

A flash fiction novel, The Sea-Wave details the aftermath of the kidnapping by an elderly and emotionally damaged man of a severely disabled, wheelchair-bound, unusually bright, depressive 12-year-old girl incapable of speech. The content of the novel consists of the girl’s entries in her diary-like memorandum book, entries which relate her own, surprising thoughts on her kidnapping, family, and disabilities, in addition to her verbatim transcriptions of the old man’s monologues, which appear to reveal, in fragments, the details of a very specific and unusual period in his life. As the pair can’t verbally communicate, the book is free of dialogue in the conventional sense. The emphasis, instead, is on character, and emotional effect.


“Tense, dark, unexpected, and revelatory — there’s a lot of atmosphere and emotion packed into Rolli’s The Sea-Wave.” – Open Book

“A boundary-pushing work that invites multiple readings.” – Necessary Fiction

“Eerily beautiful… I’ve encountered few books in which the narrative voice and the sense of mystery are so compelling.” – Neon Magazine

“With his highly original style, Rolli has succeeded exceptionally well in stimulating both imagination and empathy in The Sea-Wave.” – Transition

“However you want to categorize it, Rolli’s The Sea-Wave is a powerful read.” – This Is My Symphony

“I have not seen a published book experimenting with this style before, but I must admit I am in love.” – Allerdale Reviews

The Sea-Wave is available in bookstores everywhere. Or grab an autographed first edition at the Rolli Shop.

Mavor’s Bones: A Gothic Novel-in-Poems

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*Shortlisted for the 2015 ReLit Award

I have been dreaming
those dreams     of meaning
that come from the waters
of dreaming     deep
like drowned men
to the gold skin
of the ocean

Company’s come. In a ramshackle mansion, meet a family in the same condition—ancient, decayed. There’s the brooding Duke, and his riotous brother. There’s Grandam, lost in wilds of herself. There’s a vicar, a philosopher, an angel, a ghost or two. And somewhere above them all, in a ruined garret…


“The best book of poetry this reviewer has stumbled across in a long, long time.” – Red Paint Hill

“In an already variegated poetry scene, it’s saying something to say this is something different.” – Vallum

“A mind-bending transformative journey.” – Transition Magazine

“Lyrical and shivery. Rolli writes an old style for new generations.” – NxEW

“Original, never-to-be-duplicated characters, plot, and setting.” – Transition Magazine

“By turns delightfully black, singingly lyrical and/or innocently nonsensical. Here is a poet outside the mainstream with his own refreshingly original voice and bone(s) to pick.” – Gillian Harding-Russell, author of I Forgot to Tell You

5 x 8 | 121 pages. ISBN 978-1-926716-30-5 (pbk.) | $15.88

Available at better bookstores, Amazon, Amazon Canada, Amazon UK, Barnes & Noble – and autographed at the Rolli Shop!