Steel Valley

Steel Valley

by Michael Adams
     
 
Steel Valley is poetry that illuminates the soul's travelogue. You can feel with all senses the steel wheels of Mike Adams' Pennsylvania steel mill and railroad boyhood pulse in every word; his clear, generous breaths open the heart to the wide expanses of the poet writing down his life. These tough, tender-eyed poems and prose pieces are at once blue collar and

Overview

Steel Valley is poetry that illuminates the soul's travelogue. You can feel with all senses the steel wheels of Mike Adams' Pennsylvania steel mill and railroad boyhood pulse in every word; his clear, generous breaths open the heart to the wide expanses of the poet writing down his life. These tough, tender-eyed poems and prose pieces are at once blue collar and bohemian, homages to the drinking and the working life juxtaposed against a long poem about cooking green chili. There are disappearing riprap trails and epic family narratives that haunt and exhilarate. It is hard to find a geography worth its weight in memory that doesn't resonate with the blood and spirit of its inhabitants. Mike, like Ed Abbey before him, left behind the Wobbly Joe bars, mills, hills and scarred valleys of Pennsylvania for the boisterous outback of the comparatively wide, wild open West. Steel Valley is fine writing, epic and intimate.

John Macker

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781929878178
Publisher:
Lummox Press
Publication date:
05/07/2010
Pages:
106
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Michael Adams grew up in a steel town near Pittsburgh,
PA. He has a B.A. in Anthropology and a Master's degree in planning, both from the University of
Pittsburgh. He is the author of five books of poetry and essays, including Broken Hand Peak (Turkey
Buzzard Press, 2008) Underground (Longhand Press,
2007) and Between Heaven and Earth (Elik Press, 2004). Whistleblowers (Turkey Buzzard Press 2009) is his most recent work, like Underground, is a collaboration with the poets James Taylor III and Phil Woods. These three poets perform together as the Free Radical Railroad . Michael is the inner of the 2007 Mark Fischer Poetry Prize, awarded by the Telluride Writers Guild. He now lives in Lafayette, CO with his wife, Claire.

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