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Dismantling the Hills
by Michael McGriff
University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008
Paper: 978-0-8229-6007-2
Library of Congress Classification PS3613.C4973D57 2008
Dewey Decimal Classification 811.6

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WINNER OF THE 2007 AGNES LYNCH STARRETT POETRY PRIZE


Dismantling the Hills is a testament to working-class, rural American life. In a world of machinists, loggers, mill workers, and hairdressers, the poems collected here bear witness to a landscape, an industry, and a people teetering on the edge of ruin. From tightly constructed narratives to expansive and surreal meditations, the various styles in this book not only reflect the poet's range, but his willingness to delve into his obsessions from countless angles Full of despair yet never self-loathing, full of praise yet never nostalgic, Dismantling the Hills is both ode and elegy. McGriff's vision of blue-collar life is one of complication and contradiction, and the poems he makes are authentic, unwavering, and unapologetically American.



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