Shifting Baseline Syndrome
Shifting Baseline Syndrome is a satirical and searing collection of poetry obsessed with television, oceans, Jewish history, and time. Aaron Kreuter asks the hard questions: what is it like to have an acid trip in a Porta Potti? Will the Anthropocene have a laugh track? Is it okay to marry your eighteenth cousin? How different would the world look from outside the life frame of the human?
“With a punk sensibility, Kreuter confronts the Anthropocene slantwise through X-Men and ancestry with biting humour, surprise, and tenderness. We discover primal interconnectedness, diasporic cousins, and the author’s radical Jewish ancestors over a pint and a piss. Shifting Baseline Syndrome is a book of poems to wake us up and rewild us.” —Shazia Hafiz Ramji, author of Port of Being
"Cleverly written." —The Miramichi Reader
“Cozy up on the couch with the remarkable Shifting Baseline Syndrome. It’s binge-worthy.” —Matthew Tierney, author of Midday at the Super-Kamiokande
“These are poems bright as raytubes, big screens the size of lives.” —Gary Barwin, author of For It Is a Pleasure and a Surprise to Breathe: New & Selected Poems and Yiddish for Pirates and Scotiabank Giller Prize and Governor General Award finalist