preface to going out in daylight*

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APOLOGIA: I have stretches of ambivalence about a poet’s self-appointed role as analyst of “the culture.” I’m not an expert in anything political, legal or cultural. However, I have arrived at a certain poet-ethos, and I feel it’s an ethos with which poets like Carol Mirakove and Laura Elrick identify: If something really bothers me (e.g., Dick Cheney’s heart, dog fighting, athleisure, lambic, etc.), I dredge up all the intel I can in relation to it. Attain some depth of knowledge. Be the person who could argue fine points with folk such as Karl Rove or Michael Vick’s attorney. Be a citizen. As Henry Fool in the eponymous film said, a poet has to be able to contemplate anything.

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