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Please contact the publisher and/or myself if you would like to do a review of The Muddy Banks.
I’m quite happy with how this little book came out. Ghost City did a very good job on the layout and printing. The poems are a series, taking up the city of Pittsburgh. Or as the back-cover description says, “The Muddy Banks is a series of interconnected poems engaging the city of Pittsburgh as a postindustrial landscape, simultaneously having one foot in its rather strange and unique past and the other in a contemporary space, both physical and psychic, where gentrification and decay coexist. Taking a cue from the now-obscure modernist-era poet Haniel Long’s Pittsburgh Memoranda, The Muddy Banks mixes forms and modes. It is at once regionalist and continental, micro and macro, lyric and narrative, documentary and dada, living inscape and necropastoral — an homage to a city’s ghosts, who haunt hotel rooms, empty flats, bridges, banks, riverbanks, stadiums, and straggly streets.”
My thanks to Ghost City, and to John Menesini for the cover art and the blurb.