Bewilderness by Marc McKee
Mark McKee
Black Lawrence Press

The poems in Bewilderness alternate between adopting ironic personae aimed at laying bare the toxic voices of fear and reactionary aggression of our times and speakers that insist on asserting and amplifying the value of the pleasures, joys, sadness, pain, struggle, and wonder that make up the various sentences of humankind, even as those experiences are available, globally, in increasingly unequal measure. It’s a bewildering enterprise in a strange land, a journey that, even if it seems doomed, must be undertaken if we are to make any beauty we hope endures.