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.
You're better off not sitting down and reading these all at once—but absorbing them slowly, like a tasty cup of coffee in the morning. . . . The award-winning poet covers a diverse range of territory, including many timely subjects such as political division and diversion, sexuality, marriage, parenting and religion.~Ray Walsh, Lansing State Journal