Glitches in the FBI


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Casa Urraca Press
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.1 inches | 0.15 pounds

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About the Author

Amaris Feland Ketcham occupies her time with open space, white space, CMYK, flash nonfiction, long trails, f-stops, line breaks, and several Adobe programs running simultaneously. Her award-winning writing has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, The Los Angeles Review, Prairie Schooner, Rattle, the Utne Reader, and dozens of other venues. Her guidebook of New Mexico campgrounds, Best Tent Camping: New Mexico, was published in 2021 by Menasha Ridge Press. Her previous book of poems, A Poetic Inventory of the Sandia Mountains, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2019. Her work with Poetic Routes has been adopted by the Albuquerque City Planning Department to use poetry as a means of understanding neighborhoods and community character throughout town. She has painted murals across Albuquerque, acted in a radio drama about the Badlands National Park, and taken students on multi-week camping trips along the Lewis and Clark Trail.


"In these poems, Amaris Ketcham repurposes words from a television show of the last century, whose mythology told of unknowable forces darkening a world alienated from the truth. The result is poetry that invokes the alienation of our own day, in broken strands of recombinant pop culture DNA: psychics and strip malls, little green men and forlorn motels, mutants in the shadows of bureaucracy. Walt Whitman among the Reticulans, home at last. But the dream tapestry woven by these poems transcends their provenance in the dark imaginings of American television long ago. They breathe on their own. They are songs for the republic of night now being born. Their rhythm and urgency cast a spell, beckoning at mysteries beyond words. And the possibility of grace."

-Ed Merta, microscopic cog in the catastrophic plan; contributing author, Suez-Deconstructed: An Interactive Study in Crisis, War, and Diplomacy

"Amaris Ketcham, juggling bright images triggered by dialogue from The X-Files, turns her poet-play on such diversity as aliens, foxes, Lake Okoboji. Bizarre or warmly ordinary, her words take sudden rights, lefts, and lift-offs. 'You're just getting motion sickness / from enlightenment, ' she writes, as she shows us that portals to other worlds-or this one-are anywhere they open."

-Betsy James, Roadsouls, Finalist, World Fantasy Award

"Amaris Ketcham is no stranger to experimental writing. Her latest work, Glitches in the FBI, is an ingenious collection of poems utilizing re-purposed script dialogue from the iconic and surreal television program, The X-Files. The select script fragments, carefully re-assembled in free verse form, create a 'third stream, ' a new form based on the originality of idea and organization."

-Kevin Zepper, Moonman