Lessons in Ruin In his debut full length collection award winning Missouri poet Justin Hamm examines the all too often ignored Midwestern experience through narratives rife with all the humor and heartbreak and hard

  • Title: Lessons in Ruin
  • Author: Justin Hamm
  • ISBN: 9780692208304
  • Page: 371
  • Format: Paperback
  • In his debut full length collection, award winning Missouri poet Justin Hamm examines the all too often ignored Midwestern experience through narratives rife with all the humor and heartbreak and hard luck grit of honest to God, everyday life The rural child contemplates running his hands over a Van Gogh painting The mechanic lets his daughter skip school to help work onIn his debut full length collection, award winning Missouri poet Justin Hamm examines the all too often ignored Midwestern experience through narratives rife with all the humor and heartbreak and hard luck grit of honest to God, everyday life The rural child contemplates running his hands over a Van Gogh painting The mechanic lets his daughter skip school to help work on the truck The matriarch s sense of duty is so great it temporarily staves off terminal illness The father battles his food addiction for love of his children Such poems as these, set alongside Hamm s musical meditations on his home region s exterior and interior landscapes of ruin, create a portrait of a place that can be as unforgiving as it is fertile but also as holy as it is harsh.

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    About "Justin Hamm"

    1. Justin Hamm

      Originally from the flatlands of central Illinois, Justin Hamm now lives near Twain Territory in Missouri, where he works as a K 12 Librarian Media Specialist in a small rural school district His work, fiction or poetry, has appeared in numerous publications Recent work has also been selected for the Stanley Hanks Memorial Poetry Prize from the St Louis Poetry Center Justin earned his MFA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2005.

    944 thoughts on “Lessons in Ruin”

    1. I really enjoyed this book, and had read several of the poems when they appeared earlier in Justin Hamm's chapbooks. The barn on the cover does predict the interior settings of rural and small town life, spreading landscape, what it's like to work hard, drink hard, play hard, and also to learn about how life weathers you. Teaches you new things--like the word "braille" for "blind people writing" and the deep astonishing of a Van Gogh painting when a farm boy visits an art museum in the big city. [...]


    2. These plainspoken poems articulate, fully and artfully, what it means to make a life in Middle America. Hamm's full-length debut defines him as a poet to watch. I'm looking forward to what he does next.


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