Thursday, October 4, 2018
Documentarian with Broken Camera Following Documentary Crew with Broken Cameras, by Ross White
Ross White is the author of two chapbooks, How We Came Upon the
Colony and The Polite Society. His poems have appeared in American Poetry
Review, New England Review, Poetry Daily, Tin House, and The Southern Review,
among others. He teaches creative writing at the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill.
About the poem:
I was talking to a young poet who told me she utterly rejected narrative, and asked
if she could tell me a story that would explain why. “Documentarian with Broken
Camera Following Documentary Crew with Broken Cameras” followed soon after. I
thought, “Maybe I’ll reject narrative, too.” So of course, Zeus showed up, an entity
so perfectly narrative that he might as well have appeared to the Greeks in the
form of a novel.