Commuter attempts to encourage response by negotiating notions of the self. How is the self endlessly reconstituted through self-reflection, trauma, relationship, and love? Between author and reader/audience, amid horrific contemporary events Belflower reconceives poetry as a secondary witness. Employing poetry to shape a new mode of responsibility, Commuter contends with atrocity. Yet this response is not based on a logic of exclusion or hostile conflict; rather, this powerful first book models the courage of the witness as a compelling poetic subjectivity.
Below are alternative versions of subway maps I considered for Commuter.