Peter Jay Shippy poetr y "These poems are part of a new collection, Kaputnik. The Russian suffix is meant to grace the stark adjective: `kaput' defunct--the opposite of Herb Coen's intentions when he Sovietized `beat' in 1958. The series stars Lucas, an everyman, wandering a world of gags and grotesques. Although there's a narrative arc, it's a soft one, not so much temporal as a poetics of absolute reality, which, as quantum physicists tell us, is a reality of many worlds--so Lucas can die in one poem and go to work in the very next one. And, of course, they're all versions of me! `The girl in the Blue Öyster Cult onesie' was inspired by a trip my wife and I took. Wandering around SoHo we came upon a street cart selling rock onesies--Stones, Beatles. We thought they were adorable--but the prices! Who would pay fifty dollars for a baby's outfit? Us. A few years later our brand-new twin girls were the envy of daycare in their day-glo Sex Pistols creepers." Peter Jay Shippy is the author of Thieves' Latin (University of Iowa Press, 2003), Alphaville (BlazeVOX BOOKS, 2006) and How to Build the Ghost in Your Attic
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Jul 22, 2011
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