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About the Dead

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating details ·  24 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Travis Mossotti writes with humor, gravity, and humility about subjects grounded in a world of grit, where the quiet mortality of working folk is weighed. To Mossotti, the love of a bricklayer for his wife is as complex and simple as life itself: “ask him to put into words what that sinking is, / that shudder in his chest, as he notices / the wrinkles gathering at the corn ...more
Hardcover, 88 pages
Published July 15th 2011 by Utah State University Press
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Will
Jul 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Lots of good solid poems with plenty of death, which you should expect from a book titled _About the Dead_. The most refreshing aspects of this collection are the tone and the approach. And I'm not surprised that Garrison Keillor picked it for the May Swenson Award. It's right up his alley, but grittier.
Patricia Murphy
Aug 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
"One generation has tended to this river the same as the last/ and we've come here to mock that." This is the irreverence I like, and there is much of it here.

Perhaps my favorites are "Rick and the Hooker" and "An Apology."
Hanz
May 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Good to read at your favorite local watering hole if you need some cover. Tiny impossibilities. Looking back, I'd have Travis Mossotti write a poem for me before I went in for surgery any number of times. This is inspiring for sure.
Isaac Timm
Nov 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, 2011
I really enjoyed these, two of my favorites were "Too Many Hillside for the Dead", and "My Brothers House". His reading at USU really made them snap, I'm always happier to hear poem preformed my the poet and I'm looking forward to watching the animated short created for the poem "Decampment".
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