By Guiseppe getto
In the words of the always-incisive Corrinne Cleggs Hales, Familiar History “expertly de-romanticizes the landscape and mythology of the American west, revealing a world defined largely by struggle and failure and broken lives.”
Though poetry is definitely an avocation for me at this point, I have been writing poetry most of my life. Like many writers, I use art to process a difficult upbringing. I was born and raised in rural Nevada, a landscape littered with nuclear fallout from above ground atomic testing, violent cowboys, and dysfunctional family systems, including my own. This landscape is largely the palette I continue to use in most of my work even though I have lived outside of it for many years now.
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I'm still amazed every day at the two Americas we live in. I was raised in the other one, the one I escaped. My entire biological family, minus a few, are Trump supporters. I grew up hearing racist things spoken by caregivers every single day. My mother, a...
My poem “Lost,” a poem about hiking alone and facing one's demons while doing so, is currently available in issue 37.2 of Louisiana Literature. Louisiana Literature has featured some of the finest writing published in America. The journal has...
My poem "Disorder" is currently available in issue 27.3 of The Sow's Ear Poetry Review. Sow's Ear is a distinctive venue linking poetry and kindred arts in print. Based in Winchester, Virginia, The Sow's Ear Poetry Review has been publishing since 1989. What Inspired...