About the Poems
by Micki Myers
These poems take historical figures—some more well known than others—and places them at moments we don't normally see them occupy, and among contemporary details that are obviously anachronistic. I like it that despite these quirks, all the details of the poems are in fact part of the record, so that you could actually learn about history while reading them. Botticelli's Venus, Simonetta Vespucci, for example, really did die of TB at just 23 while modeling for his famous painting—and he really was buried at her feet. Hopefully, these fanciful scenes bring to life characters or the impact of inventions which otherwise fall by the wayside and allow us to see them in a fresh new light.