Twenty years in the making - its debut tied to the 500th anniversary of Ponce de Leon's landing in Florida (the first documented European-Native American contact in what is now the United States of America), HISTORIOPTICON presents the forgotten history of America, and our future possibilities with time travel, blended together in a poetry book of rare epic scope. Sweeping through 500 years of American and pre-American history, with new poems written each year between 1994 and 2013 (and additional poems included from the author's five decades of writing), HISTORIOPTICON offers "The Truth of American History," featuring 1-2 poems per decade from the 1500s to the 2010s; "Historiopticon," featuring poems that traverse time, and poems with people from the past set in the present and vice versa; and "When Time Travel Became Real," covering YouTube, the Internet, and the importances of loyalty and friendship over time. Treading common historical ground in uncommon ways - and including and examining the lesser-known histories of women, Native Americans, African-Americans, gay men and lesbians, and others - HISTORIOPTICON is America in all its challenge, wonder, and diversity. This is the eighth published poetry collection by David Messineo, an award-winning poet, publisher, poetry editor, and historian based in New Jersey, who also is among the 20 longest-serving poetry editors and independent literary magazine publishers currently active in America. Lovers of poetry, American history, or time travel will find HISTORIOPTICON to be an important educational experience: an unusual, imaginative, well-researched (and footnoted) journey through time.