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Davenport's language is lyrical, and his images are satisfyingly edgy. He's a first-rate artist who doesn't pull his punches. He lets the sentiments lie where they always should in between the lines. --DUFF BRENNA, author of The Law of Falling Bodies

With the publication of Uncontainable Noise, Steve Davenport marked himself as one of America's finest poets. Now he knocks out a major essay, Murder on Gasoline Lake, and he bests America's personal essayists. Is there anything this guy can't write better than the rest of us? I doubt it. --ERIC MILES WILLIAMSON, author of Oakland, Jack London, and Me

So much writing on American place is sloppy, nostalgic remembrance of places that never really existed. But here, Davenport brings the soil, the petroleum stink in ballcaps, memory, and Illinois floodplain. Here, place is an onslaught of occasion, a town called maybe. --GARIN CYCHOLL, author of Rafetown Georgics

About the Author

Steve Davenport is the author of Uncontainable Noise (2006), which won Pavement Saw Press s Transcontinental Poetry Prize. He is the Associate Director of Creative Writing at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the Creative Nonfiction Editor of Ninth Letter, and the father of many daughters, most of whom live with him and his wife, Lynn.

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