North American Stadiums, Grady Chambers
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North American Stadiums

Author: Grady Chambers

Narrator: Grady Chambers

Unabridged: 1 hr 23 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Author's Republic

Published: 11/01/2018

Genre: Poetry - Subjects & Themes - Death, Grief, Loss


Winner of the inaugural Max Ritvo Poetry Prize,North American Stadiumsis an assured debut collection about gracethe 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 smallof a city, of a family, of a shirtis unearthed.Hereis 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. Andgodis 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 Stadiumsis a collection at once resolutely unsentimental yet deeply tender, illuminatingthe historical forces that shape the places we inhabit and how those places, in turn, shape us.[Chambers] records vivid details and creates an engrossing urban pastoral. . . . These distinctive poems deserve a wide audience.WASHINGTON POSTExquisite . . . Chambers executes a kind of magic that is perhaps unique to poetry: he conjures a moment from nothing, draws the reader inside, and disperses the spell with something as gentle as a shift in the wind direction, or a quiet revelation . . . A promising new poet.BOOKLISTThese are poems of memory and longingcompelling, lyrical, andunsettling. The unsettling feelingcomes with the revelation that for all the urban inventory, this is anAmerican pastoral. A spacious glimpse of an old adventure: a poetpushing toward his own frontier. And Grady Chambers is awonderful poet, equal to the task. EVAN BOLANDThis powerful, absorbing first book has the sound and feel of a younger generation. HENRI COLE

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