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