miscreancy


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In the event of backsliding or miscreancy, immigrants were treated by the local police and courts as undesirable strangers always have been treated in small towns: they were emphatically encouraged to depart.
The section closes with "Siesta in Xbalba," a fourteen-page free-verse poem about all the things in the preceding four poems--visionary madness, social miscreancy, drugs, alternative cultures, eternity, America and death--that employs an apparently loose structure in order to incorporate a poetry that stretches beyond formalist strictures to encompass the way we live now, as well as the ways we fail our lives.