On “Pantsless in Boston” (#5)

“Pantsless in Boston” arose without too much discussion. Purely for the sake of mischief, John quietly wanted to push Martin’s buttons a little, by beginning with a potentially saucy title and a couplet containing an ejaculation metaphor. Martin added to the beginning lines but took the poem in a different direction, someplace higher-minded but still cognizant of its thematic starting point. The result combined oblique references to sex with regional details, American history, and, of course, pants.

“Pantsless in Boston” first appeared in Eleven Eleven Number 8 (January 2010). Eleven Eleven is a production of the MFA Writing Program at California College of the Arts in the San Francisco Bay Area.

“Pantsless in Boston” is the fifth poem in the final sequence of Poets’ Guide to America.

About poetsguide

A former altar boy and a former U.S. Army interrogator, respectively, John F. Buckley and Martin Ott were born and raised in Michigan, meeting each other at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor before separately migrating to California in the early 1990s to attend graduate schools, their friendship evolving into a writing collaboration – what they refer to as poetic volleyball. They both currently live in Southern California, John with his wife, Martin with his wife and two children. John teaches English composition at several local colleges, while Martin works as a marketing strategist for a global company. John still affects a strange piety; Martin still finds himself asking a lot of questions. Individually and together, their writing has appeared in over 150 periodicals and anthologies, garnering three Pushcart Prize nominations for Martin’s poems “India Ivy” and “When Bridges Fall” (available in his collection Children of Interrogation, which has been a finalist or semi-finalist in eighteen poetry prizes) and John’s “Poem for Christy’s Daughter” (available in his collection Kinks in the Hose). Martin has also optioned three screenplays. His chapbook Misery Loves was published on Red Dancefloor Press. John’s chapbook Breach Birth was published on Propaganda Press.
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