By Robert Gibb

ISBN-10: 0268102090

ISBN-13: 9780268102098

ISBN-10: 0268102104

ISBN-13: 9780268102104

Among Ruins is the ultimate quantity of Homestead Works, a set of 4 books of poetry that discover the economic prior and legacy of the outdated metal city of abode, Pennsylvania, and, by way of extension, Pittsburgh. nationwide Poetry Series–winner Robert Gibb's haunting historic narratives seize the metal urban, "Where the crucible generators poured hearth, / Slag erupted nightly above the opposite shore." The ruins during this publication are various—personal, historic, cultural—and are filtered via various views, together with the poet's personal in addition to these of visible artists (Aaron Harry Gorson and Lewis Hine) who've made Pittsburgh their topic and artists (James Whistler, Eugène Atget, J. M. W. Turner) who've been imagined here.

The city of abode exists as a type of reminiscence Theater during which what has been misplaced occurs both at once or within the ghosts of pentimento: "I glance down a block / Of Homestead," as one poem has it, "from which home is gone." Situating itself within the instant aftermath of the economic Revolution, Among Ruins additionally issues itself with hard work heritage, existence within the shadows of the now-phantom metal generators, and financial restoration that has long past lacking to boot. Readers might be captivated by means of Gibb's plaintive, spare poems and thoughts of this liked urban: “'Pittsburgh intended every little thing to me / and it nonetheless does.'”

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