How can poems map the distance between bodies or mark the boundaries separating action and desire? Award-winning poet and Wichita State University alumna Michele Battiste explores uncharted physical and psychic ground in Ink for an Odd Cartography, a revealing collection of narrative poems. Ink for an Odd Cartography travels from San Francisco to Wichita to New York City, surveying the places and spaces where children talk to gravel, stalkers give pointers, bridges are naughty, and fallen angels kill time in night clubs.
In Ink for an Odd Cartography, Battiste takes on the poetics of geography, examining the influence landscape and place have on people and their decisions. She investigates the charged distance between individuals, the space between where all the action—and interaction—takes place. The final section of the book, “Mapping the Spaces Between,” is a linked series of epistolary poems in which a slightly neurotic speaker addresses her lover. Though the poems begin tenderly, things quickly go awry.