Given the inconsolable---

Julie Marie Henson, Purdue University


A collection of poems preoccupied with grief, memory, the way images shift, notions of time and its passing. Many of the poems are influenced by western Indiana landscape and ultimately how regionalism, how belonging to a place—in this case, the Midwest—matters. How it grounds the poet, or innately presents its own set of unique truths—albeit sometimes weird. We, in middle America, hold these truths to be self-evident: nacho cheese, politeness, stoic seasonal grief. This collection sets great store in the idea of place, as well as argument, humor as a rhetorical instrument for disarmament, and invention. An elegy of sorts, and one on a mission. Like Jon Pineda says, this thesis would love to save everything.^




Marianne Boruch, Purdue University.

Subject Area

Creative writing|American literature

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