"Alternative Facts" is a post-Trump poem about disorientation and reorientation. It is a love letter to consequences—the desire to feel deeply, to be felt, no matter the cost. It's also an asymmetrical mind map that renders the artificial (synth) and the real (vulnerability) indistinguishable. This poem-film was shot at the Bridge Street playground near my house in Northampton. The setting seemed appropriate for a poem about Space Camp. Unbeknownst to me, my niece was picking flowers nearby. When she handed me a dandelion—totally unscripted—the poem came alive in a new way. Recitation became an incantation.
Margot Douaihy is the author of Scranton Lace and Girls Like You, both published by Clemson University Press.