Martin Ott



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William Carlos Williams famously wrote that ‘it is difficult to get the news from poems’ but poets like Martin Ott keep proving the limits of Williams’ vision. In his wildly strange Fake News Poems, Ott chronicles the first year of the Age of Trump through a series of stranger-than-fiction poetic news stories, each of which come to speak to the wider apocalyptic rumblings of a society–and a planet–seeming to come apart at the seams. As we run toward the singularity, sex robots, edited embryos, self-driving cars, spying dolls redefine the Anthropocene, but don’t stop us from swaddling guns, or cockroaches from sneaking into brains, or woodpeckers from cracking our car mirrors. We haven’t yet seen what we’ve become. We need poets like Ott to pay attention to the way in which the future is staring us in the face, and waiting for us to wake up.”

- Philip Metres, Author of Sand Opera

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altWhat happens when the workplace rules take on a life of their own?

Please check out my short story The Policy at The Superstition Review.



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About the Author

altMartin Ott has published nine books of poetry and fiction. His first two poetry collections won the De Novo and Sandeen Prizes. His work has appeared in more than two hundred magazines and twenty anthologies. A former US Army interrogator and longtime resident of Los Angeles, Ott works as a communications professional and develops for TV and film in between other writing projects.