The Upstate

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University of Chicago Press
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7.0 X 9.7 X 1.3 inches | 0.3 pounds

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About the Author
Lindsay Turner is the author of the poetry collection Songs & Ballads and a translator of contemporary Francophone poetry and philosophy. Turner is originally from northeast Tennessee and currently lives in Cleveland, Ohio, where she is assistant professor of English and creative writing at Case Western Reserve University.
"Turner has been a poet to watch since before her first book; she has also become a poet to marvel over, a poet carrying poetry into the next decades. But The Upstate is more than just an affirmation of what Turner's readers already knew--it is a catalog of the impossibilities of living in the present cultural moment, and yet it resolves itself in hope, in a vision of the possibility of 'money without death, ' and so a vision of a world better than any world before it. Turner sees a future world that is better than it could be, and in The Upstate she takes her poetry there. This is a salvific book."--Shane McCrae, author of "Cain Named the Animal"
"These words will always stay with me: 'The question is who does your money come from / The question is whose loss.' With lyric force, Turner expresses the magnitude of toxic wreckage in the landscapes of southern Appalachia, as well as the scales of sorrow for a country and world that pretend wealth comes at no cost. Her exquisite poems grieve precisely for people, water, trash, animals, air, flowering trees. I feel lucky to have The Upstate in my hands and its cadences in my body, reminding me. 'Who can't live the thing she wants which is good and reasonable / Because of your money.'"--Joanna Klink, author of "The Nightfields"
"The Upstate packs teeming lack. Turner has worked a poetry of muscular disgust for plutocracy. Track how the poet tends to glare then look askance, but in a way that damns, not frets. Who ends a poem with 'credible, credible'? The same poet who, when near-subsumed in impressionistic flood, brickwalls the lines into remarkable crush: 'Burning transparent all the way up to the top where the workers / Rise into a general collective of all they wouldn't offer.' Turner, that's who. The Upstate is an uppercut as statement. That's what."--Douglas Kearney, Phoenix Poets consulting editor and author of "Sho"
"This memorable, original book begins with an American place--upstate South Carolina--as Turner's guide. For her, this centering of poetry in place means dislocation, not orientation. Through this collection, Turner makes a unique contribution to contemporary American poetry, mixing a faith in poetic form's sonic insistences with a lack of faith in social consensus, turning individual poems into energetic hubs of discord."--Katie Peterson, Phoenix Poets consulting editor and author of "Life in a Field"
"The Upstate is a collection of lyrics that seem to be composed from a place of wisdom and experience, albeit one hard-won and hard-earned, offering lines worn and clear and present."--Rob McLennan