Perfect Dirt: And Other Things I've Gotten Wrong


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$23.99  $22.07
West Virginia University Press
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4.9 X 8.0 X 0.7 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author

Keegan Lester is the author of this shouldn't be beautiful but it was and it was all i had so i drew it, selected by Mary Ruefle for the 2016 Slope Editions Book Prize. His writing has been published in Ploughshares, the Boston Review, Cutbank, Hobart, and Vol. 1 Brooklyn, among others. He lives in New York City.


"In Perfect Dirt, tenderness is so tangible, so electric. You feel it when a grandpa hoists a young Keegan Lester up so he can feed wild horses sugar cubes, you hear it when a grandma speaks thunder, it embraces you each time Lester holds close the good people of West Virginia. But this tenderness is also thorny: it sparks in the quiet togetherness of men, it leaps around a father lost at sea, it underscores loss and regret. Keegan Lester is an immensely gifted writer. This book will stay with you."
Eduardo C. Corral, author of Guillotine
"Keegan Lester's writing and storytelling about West Virginia and its people feel how West Virginia's landscape feels to me--like I'm being hugged and protected. Perfect Dirt reminds us that we can love a place and still be critical when it's done out of love and tenderness. This book has brought me back home in the best ways, with a newer, more open heart, mind, and body."
Steven Dunn, author of water & power