Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Poets and Poems: Matt Duggan and “Dystopia 38.10”

“Dystopia” is a powerful theme in contemporary culture. Consider the Mad Max movies, “The Walking Dead,” "The Hunger Games," or even the fantasy series “Game of Thrones.” One could argue that the fictional genre of fantasy is often characterized by a sense of dystopia, post-apocalyptic worlds in which people must survive by brute power and cunning.   British poet Matthew Duggan takes the idea of dystopia a step backward, however, and applies it to the world and landscape surrounding us today.

Dystopia 38.10 contains some 98 poems, most of which suggest a sense of dislocation, dystopia, the idea that life and the landscape around of us has changed, almost while we’re weren’t watching. The changes can be physical, social, cultural, or political, or perhaps even a combination of all of these.

To continue reading, please see my post today at Tweetspeak Poetry.

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