Urbilly: Poems (Paperback)

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About the Author


Michael Dowdy is a poet, critic, editor, and essayist. He is the author of two books of poetry criticism, including Broken Souths: Latina/o Poetic Responses to Neoliberalism and Globalization. His work as a poet includes the chapbook The Coriolis Effect and the book Urbilly, winner of the 2017 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award. He is coediting with Claudia Rankine the critical anthology American Poets in the 21st Century: Poetics of Social Engagement, which will be published by Wesleyan University Press in 2018. He teaches at the University of South Carolina. For more information, visit: michael-dowdy.com

Praise For…


“Urbilly is an astounding debut because Michael Dowdy understands our peril. His ability to layer so much, sometimes with humor, in such a small space creates a mountainous effect. A father’s love for his young daughter fuels a rage over planetary violence. Traces of urban and rural, spit and shame, rapacious fracking and mountaintop removal, always the personal and political—these poems are living membranes that we can see worlds through.” –Mauricio Kilwein Guevara, author of POEMA and Autobiography of So-and-so: Poems in Prose

“If ‘urbilly’ as a word is somewhat obviously constructed, Urbilly as the book-length conjunction Dowdy has crafted is surprisingly nuanced. This is writing about place that moves beyond stereotypes such as city or country, writing that is rooted but never staid. Dowdy gives us “Mountain as verb,” and we’re lucky to have such lively language carrying us between clear observations, and making its colorful mash-ups.” –Rose McLarney, author of The Always Broken Plates of Mountains and Its Day Being Gone

“How do we re-integrate a past we ran from into the emotional ecology of our present? The voice of these poems guides us into the prima materia of remembered earth and youth to work the answers out of the ground, the sounds of 80s radio, the voices of parents and grandparents. Where economics, social class, and environment are disembodied issues in the headlines, here, they are sinews. This poetry distills the gifts of a psyche shaped by a rural Virginia past, and gives us a long drink of wisdom and beauty.” –Maria Melendez Kelson, author of How Long She’ll Last in This World and Flexible Bones
Product Details
ISBN: 9781599486413
Publisher: Main Street Rag Publishing Co
Publication Date: November 21st, 2017
Pages: 85