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Julie & Robert Brown, eds.: YOUNGSTOWN POETRY

The Bacchae Press
2032 Arthur Dr. NW
Warren OH, 44485

64 pp., $5.00

This eclectic collection evolved out of a boisterous and well-attended reading series at the Cedar, a Youngstown Ohio bar. The Cedar reading series hosts a huge number of non-academic poets (this anthology contains work by 47) whose voices resonate in the Mohoning Valley space left behind by vanishing steel mills. It would be impossible to describe the mood, voice, or subject matter, except to say that it is genuine. The book contains love poems, adultery poems, poems about the rust belt, and poems about plants. A few photos provide a visual hint of the mood in Youngstown.--Mike Gill

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This review originally appeared in TapRoot Reviews #4,
Copyright Burning Press 1994, 1995.

Contact the editor, luigi-bob drake, at Burning Press