Amorak Huey

Garfield Minus Garfield

It has  become a thing that every so often  in  America  the  romantic  texts  and  emails  between two
inappropriately   involved   people   become  public in  the  wake  of  a scandal.  Without  fail  they are
humiliating to read, the worst kind of obituary for a love affair. Someone else’s hunger matters only if
there’s at least the possibility it’s  directed  at  you.  In  the  absence of actual  desire,  our  attempts  to
express desire are banal as a dry sink  in an  empty  apartment behind a  dying mall  in  a  Midwestern
suburb  that  used to  be a  field where  pheasants nested. If you  remove  the cat from  the comic strip
about the cat, the result is nihilism: a sad man talking to himself about death. If you remove the moon
from a love poem, is it now an elegy? Or, it was elegy from the start.


Amorak Huey is author of four books of poems including Dad Jokes from Late in the Patriarchy (Sundress Publications, 2021). Co-founder with Han VanderHart of River River Books, Huey teaches writing at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. He also is co-author with W. Todd Kaneko of the textbook Poetry: A Writer’s Guide and Anthology (Bloomsbury, 2018) and Slash/Slash (2021), winner of the Diode Editions Chapbook Prize.

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