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The Mayor of Baltimore

Kristen Kosmas


At a party in a forgotten American city, a coterie of friends and strangers gather to celebrate a modest electoral victory. Oblique poetry alternates with the syncopated clatter of small talk. A broken-hearted refrain of disappointment underscores, and a tiny aria of self-revelation hangs in the empty space after the guests depart. Then comes Anthem, companion piece to?The?Mayor Of?Baltimore, the strangely empathetic and gentle monologue of a transient manufacturer of erotic blindfolds. Like a bird’s nest built from bottle caps and scrap plastic, Kristen Kosmas’s writing invents its poetry from the blunt, the found, the discarded, creating a plane of ordinary life that’s tilted, almost singing.

"I saw it and I was transformed. I had never seen or heard anything like it, like her. Her cadences, her tone, her rhythm, her physicality, her stunning poetry and passion, her incisive ability to dissect pedestrian language and passing conversations into little slices of astonishing revelation, little windows into the profundity, tragedy and giddy nervous existential hilarity immanent in everyday life." — from the introduction by Andrew Horwitz

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