"The Bus Driver's Threnody" brings to poetic life a world literally in transit: the movement of people along its roads and highways facilitated by public transit and the drivers who steer their buses. Focusing on the separate world-within-a-world of the bus�with relationships among riders, between drivers and riders, and between the bus and other vehicles that share the road�these poems give weight and substance to a segment of the everyday that is largely ignored. Within that separate world, this book brings to light (and dark) the depths and complexities of metropolitan living through this seemingly prosaic facet of modern American life.
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About the Author
Michael Spence spent a hitch as a junior naval officer aboard the aircraft carrier USS "John F. Kennedy" (CV-67), then returned to Seattle, where he spent thirty years driving public-transit buses in the Seattle area. He has three poetry collections: "The Spine" (Purdue University Press, 1087), "Adam Chooses" (Rose Alley Press, 1998), and "Crush Depth" (Truman State University Press, 2009). "The Bus Driver�s Threnody" was a finalist for The New Criterion Poetry Prize. In 1990, Spence was awarded a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and he has received half a dozen nominations for a Pushcart Prize. His work has appeared in many magazines.