by Arlo Haskell
Joker presents an imagined world comfortably isolated from the sensibilities of American life. Set in Key West, Haskell’s poems address end-of-the-road promise and frustration marked by dazzling sea and sky, pervasive alcoholism, and an uneasy social hierarchy of tourists, real-estate speculators, and service-industry workers. By turns candid and deceitful, maudlin and maddeningly reticent, Haskell’s masked narratives are full of wry insight into the technological and political upheavals of “this lucky accidental country.”
Arlo Haskell is the publisher of Sand Paper Press and executive director of the Key West Literary Seminar. Recent poems, book reviews, and interviews have appeared in Maggy, The Miami Rail, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among other publications. Many more interviews and essays appear on Littoral, the blog Haskell edits for the Key West Literary Seminar.