Poems by Kathryn Mockler
Edited by Jason Camlot
Cover Art and Drawings by David Poolman
Deeply interested in American politics and the absurdity of our mediated relation to the political sphere, the beautiful and entertaining narrative poems in The Saddest Place on Earth follow absurd premises to their most logical conclusions. Here, God appears on Oprah, Hurt Feelings and Anger rent a cottage together on Lake Huron for a week in August, and the saddest place on earth is discovered in a Chinese restaurant at the end of a stripmall. Kathryn Mockler's approach to language and the world results in an extremely engaging, moving and often hilarious poetics of deep disorientation.
This weekend I'm going to rock out, he said.
Good for you, I said. I'm planning to kill myself.
Because I don't want to live anymore. Living is a big waste of my time. I've got better things to do.
What else could you possibly have to do besides living?
Oh, lots of things, I said. Reincarnation for one and being an angel. Being an angel keeps you really busy.
I don't think I'm going to heaven, he said. You're lucky if you think you're ending up there.
I guess I am lucky, I said.
Then he said: Have a good one.