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Robbing the Pillars

Robbing the Pillars

by Michael Garrigan


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The headwaters of Robbing the Pillars begin deep in the anthracite country of Pennsylvania and wind their way through mountain tributaries before reaching the Susquehanna River. These poems venture out west through smeared Nebraskan skies, up wild Washington waters, and into the Siskiyou Mountains as meteors split the sky on fire. They traverse the wet woods of Maine along the West Branch of the Penobscot River to the peak of Katahdin. They hike the Appalachian, Continental Divide, and Pacific Crest Trails. In the early coal mines of Pennsylvania, miners crawled into the deepest parts of the mines, set dynamite, and blew joists holding up walls in hopes of getting the last valuable rock before the mountain collapsed — robbing the pillars. The poems in Robbing the Pillars are the dynamite, the pillars, the rock, the mountain, and the miners. They embrace terrains familiar and forgotten — those which have been stripped and left to become wild again. They explore the physical (geological, riverine), familial, personal, and cultural landscapes of our world as we rob its pillars.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781947003842
Publisher: Homebound Publications
Publication date: 07/21/2020
Pages: 116
Sales rank: 404,123
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Michael Garrigan writes and teaches along the banks of the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania. He enjoys exploring the river’s many tributaries with a fly rod and exploring the riverlands with his wife and dog. His summers are spent in search of wild trout in wild places. He loves watching water move over rocks and feels strongly that every watershed should have a Poet Laureate. Michael holds a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Pittsburgh and an MA in English & Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University. He is the author of the chapbook What I Know [How to Do] (Finishing Line Press) and his essays and poetry have appeared in Gray’s Sporting Journal, The Wayfarer, The Drake Magazine, Hawk & Handsaw, Permafrost, Sky Island Journal, Split Rock Review, and other magazines and anthologies. You can find more of his writing at