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If Whitman were born in the Midwest to Mennonite parents, listened to Dylan and the Dead and loved to laugh at himself, he'd sound just like Jeff Gundy. "I want the reader as far inside of my skin as possible," he writes, in bemused poems that are in love with the productions of matter and time. "How else to describe this absurd, lovely world?" he poses in the title poem of his warm and inviting Abandoned Homeland. Gundy's poetry reminds us, over and over, that paying attention to the delights and troubles of existence becomes a kind of psalm to this botched and beautiful creation. ~Philip Metres, author of Sand Opera----------Michael Martone writes: "In the elegant and graceful meditations of Abandoned Homeland, Jeff Gundy pilots the levitational lyric like an ace. He demonstrates that it is still available to us, weightless even while embedded, as it is here, in the raw catastrophe of our basest histories. I am so drawn to the thickets of these long-lined couplets, breeched by the burble of percolating song. I am taken with the poems' shape, the checkerboard graphic of the Midwestern landscape."
Number of Pages: 89
Sub-Genre: American / General
Publisher: Bottom Dog Pr
Author: Jeff Gundy
Street Date: September 1, 2015
Item Number (DPCI): 248-03-8814
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