Townships / Edition 1

Townships / Edition 1

by Michael Martone
     
 

ISBN-10: 0877453551

ISBN-13: 9780877453550

Pub. Date: 02/28/1992

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

It would not seem so important for southern writers to justify writing about the South--that region is defined. Midwestern writers, however, must first define their region, inhabit it, so that writing about it through fiction and poetry will become as natural as it is for writers in other necks of the national world. Townships seeks to prepare the ground for that work…  See more details below

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It would not seem so important for southern writers to justify writing about the South--that region is defined. Midwestern writers, however, must first define their region, inhabit it, so that writing about it through fiction and poetry will become as natural as it is for writers in other necks of the national world. Townships seeks to prepare the ground for that work, using the very ground itself as a starting place. Each contributor--the list includes Carol Bly, Marianne Boruch, Anthony Bukoski, Amy Clampitt, Susan Dodd, Stuart Dybek, Deborah Galyan, Joseph Geha, Paul Gruchow, James B. Hall, Susan Hauser, C. J. Hribal, Ellen Hunnicutt, Verlyn Klinkenborg, Howard Kohn, Philip Levine, Michael Martone, Susan Neville, Lon Otto, Michael J. Rosen, Scott Russell Sanders, Mary Swander, David Foster Wallace, Michael Wilkerson, and Ray A. Young Bear--has written about his or her specific township of childhood or a bordered region that defined a first notion of place in the world. Complementing this diversity in writer and subject are Raymond Bial's striking and evocative photographs, a visual essay that echoes the sensibility of the township with grace and precision. Townships establishes the Midwest as an important center of creativity, a region to be noted for more than corn and prairie and neat, square patches of land. The reverberations in sensibility that make their way through these essays speak to all midwesterners and to all those for whom a sense of place is a source of inspiration.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780877453550
Publisher:
University of Iowa Press
Publication date:
02/28/1992
Series:
Bur Oak Book Series
Edition description:
1ST ED.
Pages:
243
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Correctionville, Iowa: An Introduction1
At the Edge of Town: Duluth, Minn.14
The Quiet House21
Water Plans26
Providence31
Rummage38
You Can't Step into the Same Street Twice43
Bloomington, Indiana, in Conrad's Light48
Where I'm From--Originally56
Rosewood Township67
Jefferson Township: The Land That Made Me83
When the Bough Breaks92
The Landfill of Memory, the Landscape of the Imagination95
Active Voice109
Townline117
Beaver Township, Bay County, Michigan121
Entering Poetry126
Quake132
None of Us Went Back140
The Township Argo146
After the Flood157
West of Eden165
Derivative Sport in Tornado Alley172
On Being out of Control, or How Townships Made Me a Pinko192
In the First Place of My Life198
Notes on Contributors207

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