Adrian Matejka is the author of The Devil's Garden (Alice James Books, 2003), Mixology (Penguin, 2009), and The Big Smoke (Penguin, 2013) which a winner of the Anisfield Wolf Book Award and was finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. His new collection, Map to the Stars (Penguin) was published in 2017. He is the Ruth Lilly Professor/Poet-in-Residence at Indiana University in Bloomington.
Like the best memories, poems situate us in the secret moments of our lives before unfolding with surprise. Like the best love songs, poems force us to reconsider our internal geographies.
Behind the stage, video flashed the expected Rastafarian iconography—spinning pot leaves, lions with majestic manes, Marcus Garvey and Haile Selassie—but interspersed throughout was dash-cam footage of downtown Indy.