Winner of the 2008 Katharine Bakeless Nason Prize for Poetry, Nick Lantz's poems introduce a startling new voice.
astronaut David Scott drops a hammer and a falcon feather,
and we learn nothing
we didn't already know.
—from "Ancient Theories" Taking its title from a dodging statement from former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, We Don't Know We Don't Know assesses what it means to claim new knowledge within a culture that professes to know everything already. The result is a poetry that upends the deeply and dangerously assumed concepts of such a culture—that war is an inevitable and necessary component to keeping stability, that new knowledge is always better knowledge, that history is a steady progress, that humans are in control of the natural order.