About the Poems
by Carol Guess
These prose poems are from an unpublished manuscript titled Rogue Agent Burlesque. I'm obsessed with the figure of the rogue agent in popular culture, and have a vague theory about how the choreography of such figures draws on the revival of burlesque as a popular art form. My spouse and I live in a small town in Washington state, close to the Canadian border, and our town feels very much an open city—a frontier town where anything goes. And yes, I'm sure I chose my title long before Sarah Palin chose hers!