In Energy Corridor, Houston, Texas is the macabre avatar for a nation that has systematically stripped political and economic power from the middle and lower classes. In these poems the speaker wrestles with the guilt and complacency of living in the world's wealthiest nation. It is easy in America to do nothing and suckle the trickling down of the rich, but these poems urge that we have a community responsibility to alter the way we act. Through varied lenses, from Jean-Jacques Rousseau to The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, from Goethe to contemporary electronica, from the 1982 Tylenol Murders to the Stanley Cup, these poems assemble the rhetoric of our cultural landscape into a call to arms. We must change our ways.
About the Author
Glenn Shaheen is the author of Predatory, winner of the Starrett Prize, and runner-up for the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. He is also the author of Unchecked Savagery, a chapbook of flash fiction. His poetry has appeared in Subtropics, /nor, Barrelhouse, and Washington Square, among other publications.
Table of ContentsContents Community Trust Coat Madness Incarnate from the Makers of Blood Feast Beautiful Night Disintegration The Top Ten NHL Saves of 2004 Darlin, Darlin Elective Affinities Dandelions Jaguar Israel Nerd Empire Avenues of Conflict Black Belly of the Tarantula Great Southwest When Jamie Was Fat Franklin Delano Roosevelt Acceptable Musical Keys for Praise and Glory Gamesmanship Mount Vulture Abenddämmerung Injurious Orchestra Africa Blood and Guts Sugar Land Blue Ribbons Fire Pearl Who Will Survive and What Will Be Left of Them? Feudalism Metal Reports Europe A Long Season Criminal Nine Tapes Misconduct Adoration Vision The House of the Devil Jubilation The Revolution Country Guns Museum of Public Relations Notes Acknowledgments