map. by Tom Dreitlein

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map. by Tom Dreitlein

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map. by Tom Dreitlein is best described by Justin Karcher's forward that reads: 

When poetry’s done right, it breaks down the wall separating reality from something otherworldly. It connects you to the bigger picture, forcing you to pray at churches of inequality so your soul can better understand how the world works. A poet’s job therefore is to armor him- or herself in moments – those experiences that have shaped who we are as people – and then run headfirst into the killing fields of everybody’s struggles and break through their darkness, reciting a simple gospel of “You are not alone, because my moments are your moments and because your moments are my moments.”

In map., Tom creates a geography out of these thin moments, armoring himself in them so he can fight the good fight, using personal experience to enact profound change within us all. Whether he’s bleeding for his God or autopsying his heart in praise of his father, we are there with him, following his hieroglyphic eyes from his childhood home to a collapsing cloud near heavenly ears so we may voice our regrets and dreams too.

In these poems, Tom sits us down and feeds us ghostly pizza as he recalls friends he’s lost in the city he loves. Witness a young poet struggling with his craft in an era where poets are spiritually guillotined and yet he persists, because there are always more hieroglyphics to decipher…more tongues to speak in. Just listen…and when your brakes fail, because this is the world we live in, embrace the crash, because you mustn’t ever slow down…steamroll toward understanding and hold onto our thin moments. These poems are here to help, to show you you’re not alone.

On those nights when it seems so dark you doubt the sun even exists, know there are hieroglyphic eyes ready to dig deep, because each of us has an archaeology worth preserving, just like Tom does in map. What’s more beautiful than a young poet figuring out his maps?

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