Underdays is a dialogue of opposing forces: life/death, love/war, the personal/the political. Ott combines global concerns with personal ones, in conversation between poems or within them, to find meaning in his search for what drives us to love and hate each other. Within many of the poems, a second voice, expressed in italic, hints at an opposing force “under” the surface, or multiple voices in conversation with his older and younger selves—his Underdays—to chart a path forward. What results is a poetic heteroglossia expressing the richness of a complex world.
A former U.S. Army interrogator, Martin Ott is the author of six books of poetry and fiction. He lives in Los Angeles.
Martin Ott, a former U.S. Army interrogator, puts the world and his personal life beneath an inquisitor’s bright light in a debut collection of poetry that has been featured in magazines such as Connecticut Review, Harvard Review, Hotel Amerika, New Letters, Notre Dame Review and Prairie Schooner.