About the Poems
by Matthew Olzmann
We’ve probably all been given, at some point, the advice to “write about you know.” However, most of the stuff “I know” tends to bore the hell out of everyone else: how many hours I slept last week, statistics related the 1989 Detroit Pistons’ Championship Season, etc.
So when it comes to writing, I’m more drawn to uncertainty than certainty. For example, “The Antiquary” began when I saw a man pushing a clock down the street in a grocery cart and wondered where he was going. And “Bigfoot and the Placebo Effect” began while trying to identify the “meat” that was served in a college cafeteria.
They swore to us that it was Chicken Pot Pie.