Smuggling Elephants through Airport Security

Smuggling Elephants through Airport Security

Wheelbarrow Books

by Brad Johnson

Published by: Michigan State University Press

Imprint: Wheelbarrow Books

88 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.40 in

  • ISBN: 9781611863536
  • Published: January 2020



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Nothing is off-limits in this ultimately American text. Smuggling Elephants through Airport Security attempts to position large academic ideas in shared public spaces, often discovering the absurdity and humor in making such connections. The poems herein take the dizzying influences affecting the post-postmodern American and make poetry of it all, skipping whimsically from the Pixies to Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave,” from the Confederate flag to unisex public toilets, from eggplant emojis to Vladimir Putin stealing Robert Kraft’s Super Bowl ring. While the volume gives the reader a specific sense of voice and character, it also allows for identification with the author’s collected  observations, all the while providing a succinct feel for the twenty-first-century American zeitgeist.