The cold and the rust

by Van Kley, Emily,

Format: Print Book [2018]
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction PS3622.A5854939 A6 2018
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  PS3622.A5854939 A6 2018
Inthis lyrical and unflinching debut, a landscape of staggering beauty abutsindustrial towns in the throes of economic decay. Emily Van Kley exploresnotions of home, estrangement, isolation, and longing against a backdrop ofcrystalline winters, Lake Superior's mythic tempers, and forests as vast asthey are close.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Van Kley imbues her sharp debut collection with the complex, wistful nostalgia an outsider feels for her hometown. In her case home is on Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and the themes referenced in the book's title are pervasive throughout. Van Kley skillfully captures the local topography, with its "Flooded mine buildings thrusting their acidy tongues/ down// and down," and "the frozefish tang/ of Superior mawing the harbor." The work is punctuated by small moments that open onto a wider narrative: a Kmart security guard detains a "reedy punk" shoplifting a CD; a server suppresses disdain for her restaurant's tourist clientele; and a woman succumbs to despondency after a bar fight with her husband, realizing that "dreams are only pimped// impossibilities, postscript overtures." Van Kley alternates moments of humor with instances of darkness and melancholy, writing of deer hunts, menstrual cramps, and even an aquarium of fish left to freeze in a home without heat. "Our pets/ terrible sculptures of themselves,// orange scales undimmed/ eyes caught bored-open," she writes. Van Kley precisely captures the deathly pall of a Midwestern winter in this remarkably vivid exploration of how it feels to leave home and then return. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Poetry.
Publisher New York :[2018]
Other Titles Poems.
Language English
Notes "A Karen & Michael Braziller book."
Description 77 pages ; 21 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (page 77).
ISBN 9780892554881
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