Voyager (New California Poetry, Volume 31)

By Srikanth Reddy

Srikanth Reddy’s moment e-book of poetry probes this world’s cosmological relation to the plurality of all attainable worlds. Drawing its identify from the spacecraft at present departing our sunlight approach on an embassy to the past, Voyager unfolds as 3 books inside of a ebook and culminates in a chilling Dantean allegory of management and its failure within the reason for humanity. on the center of this quantity lies the old determine of Kurt Waldheim—Secretary-General of the U.N. from 1972-81 and previous intelligence officer in Hitler’s Wehrmacht—who as soon as served as a spokesman for humanity whereas last silent approximately his function within the collective atrocities of our period. Resurrecting this advanced determine, Reddy’s common voyager explores the backyard of forking paths hidden inside each totalizing dream of identification.

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