In her latest book of poetry, American Amnesiac, Idaho Writer in Residence Diane Raptosh takes an average Joe, gives him amnesia, and makes him a modern-day seer into the complexities of being an American. Through his monologue the reader journeys through corporate corruption, race, unemployment, philosophy, Internet culture, music, and the bloated prison system just to name a few issues. The book was longlisted for the 2013 National Book Award for poetry.
Raptosh will read from her work at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, at BookPeople of Moscow, 521 S. Main St. She teaches literature and creative writing at the College of Idaho, where she also directs the Criminal Justice Studies program.
American Amnesiac By Diane Raptosh/Etruscan Press/ 102 pgs., $12.66