An Adventure of the Thought Police by Peter Schjeldahl
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This collection of Schjeldahl's poems float between the anxiety of ambivalence and unplanned revelations; little stanzas of three or four lines that trouble the speaker's ideas of others, and ultimately, the way he thinks of himself. His poems stage a challenge to the poet's unconscious questions: what words are even left to talk to a memory, how do you frame old intentions and talk to your friends, how to pin the crazy Schjeldahl identifies as himself to the page. Awfully authentic and in a voice that speaks right to you, "An Adventure of the Thought Police" might be Shjeldahl's response to the dare-to-know epigraph he makes of a stranger's exclamation : "How horrible to have a secret / And not to know what it is!"
Cover by Joe Brainard.