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Another City

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In his debut collection of poetry, Steve Coughlin examines the severity of family trauma on both personal memory and the human psyche. Written in an accessible, colloquial voice that poet J. Allyn Rosser describes as "strong, versatile, original...[and] capable of radically different tones and angles of approach," these poems move from haunted laments to playful musings as ...more
Paperback, 72 pages
Published May 1st 2015 by Futurecycle Press
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May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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We are the publisher, so all of our authors get five stars from us. Excerpts:


MATLOCK

In those thin hours between jobs
my father indulged in his Matlock obsession.
Consistent as the family ignoring his presence,
weekday afternoons were dedicated to the sanctuary
of another syndicated episode of Matlock, lawyer extraordinaire,
defending clients lesser lawyers deemed guilty.
These were the years after my brother’s murder
when my father’s life had become its own hostile courtroom.
He’d arrive home from work—
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Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
A really great debut collection and I hope to see more from Steve Coughlin in the future. Favorite poems were Rockland 1995, To Ralph Macchio, and Another City.

This is narrative verse, long-lined but not long-winded. When Steve really snares his reader is when he tackles grief as in Another City. There is a very powerful voice in some of these poems.

Definitely a poet to watch.
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Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book sounds great! I hope to win, read it and enjoy the story ... If I win, the review will be updated once I finish the book :)
Sean Prentiss
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Yes. Read this book. It is all poetry. But also a memoir. And it is stunning and revealing and painful and honest and just great, great writing. Read this book.
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