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Gravel and Hawk: Poems
by Nick Norwood
Ohio University Press, 2012
eISBN: 978-0-8214-4408-5 | Paper: 978-0-8214-1989-2
Library of Congress Classification PS3614.O783G73 2012
Dewey Decimal Classification 811.6

Winner of the Hollis Summer Poetry Prize

Gravel and Hawk dwells on the physical and cultural landscapes of the Texarkana border region, an area of stark natural beauty and even starker manifestations of its human habitation: oil derricks and pump jacks, logging trucks, chicken houses, come-to-Jesus billboards, and greasy catfish joints, a patchwork of dying farm towns and ragtag municipalities laced together by county roads, state highways, and that treacherous, rust-hued slurry known as the Red River. Gravel and Hawk charts the emotional landscape of a single extended family, its history of loss and gain, and, especially, its encounters with violent death. It is an eminently readable collection, rooted in a distinctly American place and united by a poetic voice that is honest, sophisticated, and persuasive.

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