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A searing, urgent collection of poems that brings the lyric and documentary together in unparalleled ways―unmasking and examining the specter of manmade disaster.

The explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. Hurricane Katrina. The Flint water crisis. Thousands dead, lives destroyed, and a natural world imperiled by human choices. This is the litany of our time―and these are the events that Rebecca Dunham traces, passionately and brilliantly, in Cold Pastoral.

In poems that incorporate interviews and excerpts from government documents and other sources―poems that adopt the pastoral and elegiac traditions in a landscape where “I can’t see the bugs; I don’t hear the birds”―Dunham finds the intersection between moral witness and shattering art. Experimental and incisive, Cold Pastoral is a collection that reveals what poetry can―and, perhaps, should―be, reflecting ourselves and our world back with gorgeous clarity.

Author: Rebecca Dunham
Publisher: Milkweed Editions
Pages: 80pp
Size: 5.5 x 8.5
Notes: paperback
Release Date: March 14, 2017
ISBN: 978-1571314789