Poetry. JOKER presents a world comfortably isolated from the sensibilities of American life. Set in Key West, Haskell's poems address end-of-the-road promise and frustration marked by dazzling sea and sky, pervasive alcoholism, and an uneasy social hierarchy of tourists, real-estate speculators, and service-industry workers. By turns candid and deceitful, maudlin and maddeningly reticent, Haskell's masked narratives are full of wry insight into the technological and political upheavals of "this lucky accidental country."
Arlo Haskell lives in Key West and once sailed across the Gulf Stream from Havana in a 16' Hobie-Cat. He is a director of the Key West Literary Seminar, the author of a previous chapbook, Fool Proof, and has begun to edit the Key West notebooks and letters of Charles Olson. Author City: KEY WEST, FL USA