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Karen J. Weyant's chapbook, Stealing Dust ($12, Finishing Line Press), is one of the most cohesive collections I've ever read. The narrative arc of the poems is thoughtful and full of forward motion. These poems go deep into the heart of living and growing up in a mill town, offering up precise and beautiful moments of blue-collar Americana. The speaker watches her father go to work every day in the mill, and eventually goes to work there herself. You can practically smell the heat and dust on t...more
Appealingly clear, grounded in careful and poignant observation. I'd compare it to David Budbill's writing about similar states of grace amidst struggle. Ah, the quotas and time clocks! The "3rd Shift Sunrise." It's played with mild humor at times (yet much more in the vein of Winesburg, Ohio than Bukowski) and a really careful perspective on how people are magnified and diminished by their jobs and communities. I'll revisit this review. Just had a minute & wanted to express some enthusiasm.
The words in this collection mean what you think they mean (a positive thing in my book). Each piece is a mini-story in a unified slice-of-life narrative that presents a gritty, matter-of-fact, yet tender, portrait of a blue-collar American milieu. Enjoyable read.
I live in rural Pennsylvania, but cross the border every day to teach at Jamestown Community College in Jamestown, New York. My work can be seen in 5AM, the Barn Owl Review, Blast Furnace, Cave Wall, Copper Nickel, Fourth River, Flyway, Fourth River and River Styx. My first chapbook, Stealing Dust, was published by Finishing Line Press. My second chapbook, Wearing Heels in the Rust Belt, won Main...moreMore about Karen J. Weyant...