Blurb – Eric Morago

Poet’s Guide to America is, in the truest sense of the word, a road trip wherein Buckley and Ott take turns behind the wheel, co-writing poems line by line, stanza by stanza.  The result is an innovative exploration into Americana that travels over as many dusty back roads as it does major highways.  Working in tandem, the two succeed in crafting a fine collection of poetry that brings the reader, “one level deeper, one beat closer to the human heart.”  Do yourself a favor and let them take you for a ride.

Eric Morago, author of What We Ache For

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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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