We read these poems together as
commentaries on America – with the addressees being immigrants who must
“lick the plate” before being embraced by the America of cars,
man-parts, and metro areas. This should be a grave topic, but your
poems approach it with humor and absurdity. What’s so funny about the
New York Metropolitans?
These poems come from a group of poems that play with difficult
embraces – new places and old poses, a bilingual (and/or bicurious)
brotherhood, a patch of ritualized grass in the middle of asphalt and
concrete; the distance you travel from your starting point and the
hand or fist that greets you when you get there.
What’s so funny about the New York Metropolitans, in particular? I
suppose they’ve been the kicked-around younger siblings for most of
their existence. Let’s not forget Marvelous Marv Throneberry, the
favorite fruit flavor of Queens.
What’s the relationship between failure and swagger?
If there’s virtue in swagger it’s that there is no relationship
between it and success or failure. Swagger is a kind of raincoat for reality.