The night we set the dead kid on fire (Book, 2016) [University of Maryland, College Park]
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The night we set the dead kid on fire

The night we set the dead kid on fire

Author: Ephraim Scott Sommers; William Olsen; Western Michigan University. Department of English.
Publisher: [Kalamazoo, Michigan] : Western Michigan University, [2016] ©2016
Dissertation: Ph. D. Western Michigan University 2016
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Document : Thesis/dissertation : Poetry : eBook   Computer File : EnglishView all editions and formats
Summary:
The Night We Set the Dead Kid on Fire, a collection of poetry, is a book chocked-full of characters (both women and men) that don't receive much attention in Contemporary American Poetry, --the dishwashers, the addicts, the truckers, the card players, the convicts, the boxers, the grave-diggers, the mechanics, the farmers, the blue-collar "others"--And many of these characters are either the victims or the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Academic theses
Poetry
Material Type: Document, Thesis/dissertation, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ephraim Scott Sommers; William Olsen; Western Michigan University. Department of English.
OCLC Number: 1200440911
Notes: "April 2016."
Advisor: William Olsen.
Description: 1 online resource (iv, 63 pages)
Responsibility: by Ephraim Scott Sommers.

Abstract:

The Night We Set the Dead Kid on Fire, a collection of poetry, is a book chocked-full of characters (both women and men) that don't receive much attention in Contemporary American Poetry, --the dishwashers, the addicts, the truckers, the card players, the convicts, the boxers, the grave-diggers, the mechanics, the farmers, the blue-collar "others"--And many of these characters are either the victims or the perpetrators of violence. This book's speakers (both women and men) lie and cheat and drink and fist-fight in parking lots, campgrounds, and dive bars. They get cheap in casinos, broken apartments, hospitals, and hotel rooms. In this book, you will find STI's, tattoos, and shotguns, rattlesnakes, brass knuckles, and bottles across the face. Assault. Overdose. Suicide. BUT, though my hometown (A-Town), can get ugly and violent, can hold grudges and punch holes in the walls or set a car on fire, it is also a place capable of great love, sacrifice, and loyalty as its people carve out a meaningful life every day in spite of the wreckage around them, as they wrestle with the shifting space between community and self. Yes, much of the subject matter in these poems is hard to look at, but I believe there is poetry in those dark places too. I seek to celebrate and to elegize small towns and the people who go to work in them
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