I am also a child of the Reagan era, albeit in a very (VERY) different way than the way Mr. Betts presents what I am presuming is his own life in this excellent collection. When I tell you that 11 of the poems here are called, “For the City that Nearly Broke Me,” that should give you some idea of the territory of these powerful poems. ¬†Replete with cultural allusions, Betts’ poems, individually and together, speak of both the personal and political with language that creates its own kind of music. This book is a kind of historical document and should be read and savored as such.

links to 5 of Betts’ poems

Betts’ own site

Advertisements