The cover of my chapbook of poems about the American west: Familiar History

By Guiseppe getto

Familiar History


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.” 


Guiseppe Getto

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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