Poems, 1977–1979 by Eric Basso. Trade paperback.
The Catwalk Watch, Eric Basso's second collection of poems, transports us from the terrain vague of Accidental Monsters and plants us firmly in the quicksand of a vast dystopia. Poet and reader become pilgrim, prisoner, and explorer of an "undiscovered country" peopled by characters whose lives are governed by ritual, fable and mystery. It is a world where a poem can be taken out and walked on a leash, a microcosmos strewn with traps, where custom and absurd necessity devour sensibility. At any moment, you can slip through the cracks and be forever lost.