Escape Velocity

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Escape Velocity is a polyrhythmic and polyphonic tour-de-force that engages both with the constructed and the constructor: with buildings and architects, with music and musicians, policy and politics, the personal and the political, the dancer and the dance. Attacking his subject matter with fierce precision, confronting the world on the same tough terms as an investigative journalist would, Breskin traverses the globe in search of the conjunctions and elisions that reveal the world. His poems go into all the darkened interstitial spaces, and crack them and lever them wide apart: scary, open, free. Welfare Reform is about just that, as a monologue spoken from one very poor to one very rich, referencing North Korea, African tribal warfare, the holocaust, mortgages, ecstasy, Native Americans, tennis and dancing along the way; Ugly Beauty takes a Monk song title and goes at contemporary Social Darwinism by way of Cheney, Bush, The Bell Curve controversy, and Cindy Crawford's mole; Newsworthy looks at how our society commodifies tragedy to bolster the emotions of innocent spectators (with a special snippet reserved for Plath's ex-); and Due Process examines a schoolyard shooting from the POV of a mother who's lost her only child.