Blurb – Michael Miller

In the opening poem of this sprawling collection, John F. Buckley and Martin Ott pose a beguiling question: What if poets had discovered America? The ensuing pages provide an answer of sorts, as the authors go on a freewheeling trek that encompasses the outrageous, the Gothic, the mystical and even, occasionally, the poignant. In these pages, you’ll encounter outlaws, politicians and carnies; you’ll spot a Greek goddess hanging out at the gentleman’s club, watch Indian corn popping at the 7-Eleven and learn the real reason the Cubs haven’t won the World Series since 1908. True, poets may not have discovered America. But by the time you finish this volume, you’ll feel like you’ve seen it through an explorer’s wide eyes.

-Michael Miller, publisher of Moon Tide Press and author of Thief After Dark and College Town

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.
This entry was posted in reviews. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s