At Trotsky's Funeral
At Trotsky's Funeral is a companion volume to the author's speculative novella, the allegrezza ficcione, which has already been described as "a 21st century classic". It gathers together nearly all of the poems and short prose pieces that Mark Young calls, collectively, ficciones, a term coined by Jorge Luis Borges. They're not about alternative universes, rather histories of the current one tweaked a little - Genghis Khan as a member of the Barnum and Bailey circus, the movies that accompanied Mao's Long March, the origins of the popular song Bye Bye Blackbird and the bullfighting move known as the veronica. Martin Edmond, in his Landfall review of Pelican Dreaming: Poems 1959-2008, wrote: "These ficciones both parody and explode causality as it is usually understood and thereby make available to us, not just an alternate past to our provisional present but a future literally beyond our understanding: as a real future must be."
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