Poetry. From the Confederacy, to Ground Zero, to the ruins of urban sprawl, this book is a monument to collapse—itself a terrible art: "Gen. Sherman painted landscapes." Sometimes, in the breakage of the human, nature returns: a loving catalog of trees and birds as well as shuttered franchise restaurants. Sometimes, when human relations break down, they create terrible yearning. Each type of war, in public space and private interaction, is given a new, evidentiary lament: "O Sunglass Hut, we hardly knew you!"
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Susan Briante was born in Newark, N.J., after the riots. She is the author of three poetry collections published by Ahsahta Press, PIONEERS IN THE STUDY OF MOTION (2007), UTOPIA MINUS (2011), and THE MARKET WONDERS (2016). She is an associate professor of Creative Writing at the University of Arizona. Author City: TUCSON, AZ USA