Sweeping and subversive and anxious and heartfelt, FUTUREPANIC by Amish Trivedi is a Four Quartets for the Millennial set. Infused with the nervous energies of the past half decade, when living with macro-tragedy and dread have become more ingrained in day-to-day functioning than ever, Trivedi's third book of poetry employs a deliberate and plaintive lyric mode across five unfolding sections to wrestle with how much of the psyche one can let untether before the self faces annihilation. The poet confronts the gathering terrors that creep forth from simultaneously pondering vast, heady concepts like time and futurity in conjunction with more localized, proximate concerns like whether one will face the looming specter of a mass shooting the next time one goes to a box store, concert, movie theater, grocery store, school, or other public space. In FUTUREPANIC, Trivedi questions whether the collective grief and guilt of our shared transgressions and fears are all-consuming or if we can use humanity's boundless potential for creativity to rouse an alternative we've never known enough of to embrace fully--a moment's peace.
About the Author
Amish Trivedi is the author of Sound/Chest (Coven Press, 2015) and a few chapbooks- What We Remembered Before the Fire (above/ground, 2018) most recently. Poems are in Kenyon Online, New American Writing, Typo, and other places. He has reviewed music for The Rumpus and poetry for Sink Review and Jacket2. He has an M.F.A. from Brown and is at work on a Ph.D. at Illinois State University.