Poetry. "What would happen if words, disguised as characters Balboa Pettibone and She-singer, could hallucinate and time travel? mIEKAL aND, one of our most intrepid verbal explorers, takes us into the world of genre fiction and sets it spinning into an 'irreality' as iridescent as myth clothed in neon language. The sideways feints and flourishes of aND's words lead us through a minefield of future decay, artfully finding glimmers of beauty and eros even in the most blasted lang-scapes and bone-scrapes. In a world where 'a blackened sky corrupt[s] the horizon,' 'snakes of anger' war with 'snakes of confusion,' and 'there are no curtains between darkness and its opposite,' the beauty of the words themselves offer joy in apocalyptic circumstance. And courtly love wins the day"--Maria Damon.