There Must Be a Reason People Come Here
The philosopher Catherine Malabou once asked: "What should we do so that consciousness of the brain does not purely and simply coincide with the spirit of capitalism?" There Must Be A Reason People Come Here by Brian Foley is a collection of poems that attempts to answer this question by broadcasting the indirect effects of the lived condition of a subject squeezed under the structures of late capitalism. Lines like, "Hope is a chemical, not a dream ignited in the eye / that can be heard sober." And "There is no sun here, / just habits of light" work through the contradictions of what it means to be negatively capable. It is a collection of poems that refuses to conform to the norms of what poetry is and how it must say things.