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“A lyricist at heart, McGriff is a masterful maker of metaphor . . . The result is a swiftly moving volume of poetry that leaves us with a sense of longing . . .for our own childhoods and for those few years before adulthood when it was curiosity, for the natural world and those passing through it, that defined us.”
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“The type of collection that makes you feel badly about yourself as a poet. It is so deceptively simple that one easily says, ‘Sure, I could have written something like that.’ The problem is, “Dismantling the Hills’ is actually a deceptively complex volume. It is a collection of poems of place, set almost entirely in a small factory town in Oregon on the Pacific coast. McGriff delivers the sights, sounds, and smells of this coastal area replete with teeming life and the oftentimes dismal weather. But there is majestic beauty in these descriptions, and it is clear that McGriff honors this place as a place--not as mere setting, but as a distinct element of his verse.”
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“A powerful first collection of narratives with spark and intelligence.”
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About the Author

Michael McGriff was born and raised in Coos Bay, Oregon. He has received a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from The Poetry Foundation, and a Michener Fellowship from the University of Texas at Austin.  He is the translator of Tomas Tranströmer's The Sorrow Gondola, and his work has appeared in Slate, Agni, Field, the Missouri Review, and Poetry, among other publications.  
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  • Series: Pitt Poetry Series
  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press; 1st edition (October 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822960079
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822960072
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #837,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael McGriff's books include Our Secret Life in the Movies (with J. M. Tyree); Home Burial; Dismantling the Hills; To Build My Shadow a Fire: The Poetry and Translations of David Wevill; and a translation of Tomas Tranströmer's The Sorrow Gondola (with Mikaela Grassl). His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Believer, Tin House, and on PBS NewsHour and NPR's Weekend Edition. McGriff is a former Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, and is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Lannan Foundation. www.michaelmcgriff.com

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I'm not a poetry reader.
I mean, I read the usual stuff that you read in college, and have a strange love of Andrew Marvell, but generally speaking I'm a prose reader. I bought this book because the author is from my hometown, and we went to high school together.
What I found when I read this book was my own life. Michael brilliantly evoked a time and I place I knew, so it was, at times, like living my own childhood again. I have since passed it onto friends who didn't grow up with me, who are trying to understand my mixed feelings toward my home town, and I think he is so clearly able to evoke what it means to me.
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