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About the Dead
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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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.
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".