Antidotes for an Alibi insists
that we examine the deceptive clarity of our actions and the goals that
motivate us. How does one actually get from "A" to "B"-and is there ever
really a "B"? What color is the white space between "A" and "B"? Upon
closer inspection, surface realities reveal themselves to be porous and
fragile, layered with textures and grains that lead the eye on varying
pathways. So what are we to do in a world of newspaper narratives that
instruct us toward tidy endings, murmuring that such endings are possible
and even inevitable?
These poems greet us with leaking giraffes, dogs that lick lye, the Lone
Ranger, the inhabitants of Dishwater Island, an unmarried wife and a Sikh
cab driver, all acting within a familiar environment of telephone messages,
factory work, walks through woods, red robins and hummingbirds, war zones
and American histories.
Original title: Antidotes for an Alibi
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