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by Martin Ott

What happens when an interrogator turns the same unwavering attention to obtaining the truth to the wars we wage among countries, people, families and ourselves? Who and what defines that which holds us Captive?

Praise for Captive

“Martin Ott’s premiere collection of poems is dark and dazzling. The speaker in Captive is like a captive himself, perhaps a former soldier or interrogator, held captive in memory, dreaming in feverish braids of time and place.”
—Richard Garcia, author of The Flying Garcias

“I encourage the reader to jump headfirst into these poems, to rise to their challenge, listen to their haunting truths, and celebrate their song.”
—Gaylord Brewer, De Novo Prize Judge

“I don’t know if Martin Ott’s years as an interrogator in army intelligence influence the way he recreates reality but it makes me wonder as I read the poems in this marvelous collection.”
—Rick Bursky, author of Death Obscura