Igor Brezhnev


'america is...' poem booklet

'america is...' poem booklet


‘america is…’ poem in a 4.25”x5.5” booklet. Each booklet is numbered is stamped.

about ‘america is...’

This poem and part of this afterword has been featured by Nailed Magazine on the 4th of July of 2018. I deeply appreciate the symbolism of that particular occurrence. Many thanks to Sam Preminger, the poetry editor of the magazine for making it happen. Visit Nailed Magazine at www.nailedmagazine.com

The illustrations for this poem have been made by two very talented artists Grace Anderson and Bernard McKenna. I feel extremely fortunate to be able to include their work with mine in print.

The poem is long. It could be longer. There is much to say about life in America. It is repetitive, but then so are fast food franchises and strip malls. The poem has been inspired by a few train rides, as well as many personal and witnessed experiences in the twenty-five years of becoming a part of the tapestry of life in America.

The number of verses has been capped at 67 to represent 50 states, one federal district, and the 16 territories that comprise the geography of the USA. Somehow the territories are forgotten in the count most of the time, which to me is a constant reminder of unrepresented people in this country.

I feel that American experience cannot be summed up, but it can be highlighted, that is what this poem is. It is a light on the good, the bad, and the ugly of time and space that America is today. It is a condensation of the emotions all around us. It is my hope that those who have not felt these emotions would do so through this poem and be able to empathize, and that those who have felt would know they are not unheard. Ultimately, it is a call for change—see the bad and the ugly and confront it.

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