From the Western Door to the Lower West Side by Milton Rogovin, Eric Gansworth
In this collaboration between two celebrated artists, Native American poet Eric Gansworth has written a book-length cycle of poems that interact with Milton Rogovin’s photographs to form a unique experience, blending the written word and visual images. The poems and the photographs, taken over a period of forty years, reflect the journey from the Western Door of Seneca reservation culture—a culture distinctly different—to the lifestyles of Buffalo’s Lower West Side.
Eric Gansworth’s most recent book is A Half-Life of Cardio-Pulmonary Function.
Milton Rogovin has been photographing those he refers to as “the forgotten ones” for over five decades.
Milton Rogovin is a nationally reknown social documentary photographer. His work is included in major galleries around the world. His most recent publications include: The Bonds Between Us: A Celebration of Family; Milton Rogovin: The Forgotten Ones; and Windows That Open Inward: Images of Chile. Eric Gansworth (Onondaga) was raised on the Tuscarora Reservation and is professor of English and writer-in-residence at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. His books include A Half-Life of Cardio-Pulmonary Function which was included on the spring 2008 "Good Reads" list from the National Book Critics Circle, Breathing the Monster Alive, Mending Skins, and Smoke Dancing.