About the Poems
by Donald Illich
Many of my poems are kind of like scientific experiments (at least according to one teacher) where I create a bizarre circumstance and tally what happens. So I imagine a three-ton baby's rampage, then her return to normal size, only for her to dream she's a giant again. Or I contemplate a narrator who waits for a beast to devour him, a "black paw" ready to seize his body. What I hope is that the result is surprising and resonant enough that people will read the poem again. Or that they give the next experiment a chance (with safety glasses).