North American Stadiums

North American Stadiums

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Winner of the inaugural Max Ritvo Poetry Prize, North American Stadiums is an assured debut collection about grace-the places we search for it, and the disjunction between what we seek and where we arrive.

You were supposed to find God here / the signs said. In these poems, hinterlands demand our close attention; overlooked places of industry become sites for pilgrimage; and history large and small-of a city, of a family, of a shirt-is unearthed. Here is a factory emptying for the day, a snowy road just past border patrol, a baseball game at dusk. Mile signs point us toward Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Salt Lake City, Chicago. And god is not the God expected, but the still moment amid movement: a field lit like the heart / of the night, black stars stitched to the yellow sweatshirts of men in a crowd.

A map bleached / pale by time and weather, North American Stadiums is a collection at once resolutely unsentimental yet deeply tender, illuminating the historical forces that shape the places we inhabit and how those places, in turn, shape us.


Book details

  • Hardcover
  • 112 pages
  • English
  • 1571315047
  • 9781571315045

About Grady Chambers

grady chambers was born and raised in chicago. he was a wallace stegner fellow at stanford university, attended the mfa program at syracuse university, and Read More about Grady Chambers
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