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If to imagine the city is to imagine the human psyche, as it is in Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities, then Wendy S. Walters's TROY, MICHIGAN approximates a psyche flattened by middle class desires, racist anxieties, and inexplicably terrifying violence. Walters's quiet, haunting utterances are beautifully precise mappings of the measure of a city's weight and thereby its da ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published May 1st 2014 by Futurepoem
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This exists at the strange, beautiful intersection of memoir, geography, and history. Walters is a hell of a writer, able to conjure up turns of phrases that take your breath away. Prescient and observant, there are secrets here, waiting to be teased out and unlocked. High recommend. I'm only giving it four stars because it's too short.