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Rough Traces Paperback – August 1, 2007

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Jason Wesco was born in Marion, Indiana. He has since spent significant pieces of his life in Wabash, Vincennes and Muncie, Indiana, Bowling Green, Ohio and Lawrence, Topeka and Perry Kansas. He began writing poetry in 1992. He now lives in Pittsburg, Kansas.
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  • Paperback: 73 pages
  • Publisher: Shake Dust Press; 1st edition (August 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974015997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974015996
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,840,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Somewhere in the mind of every city dweller, Kansas exists. It is much more than simply small towns and long stretches of Interstate on a long drive to Colorado. Indeed, just off the beaten path lay windmills, barns filled with the odds and ends of a century, rusting implements, forgotten industries and people who work with their hands. Jason Wesco's second full-length collection, Rough Traces, immediately draws its readers far beyond the city limits, whether in Pennsylvania, Indiana, or Kansas, into the surprisingly sun-lit corners of some collective psyche where all that has outlived its usefulness exists.

It is a rich and challenging journey, though so much more than a travel guide: just a few pages in, you have come to be a denizen of Wesco's brilliant universe. Forget your commute to work, e-mail, or traffic reports, and find yourself in the stark alternate life you never faced in "not too good," a life of ties and shirts, sales, rough pink soap in the bathroom and an uneasy truce with the mechanics in the break room.

One meets many characters in Rough Traces, most which leave the reader feeling a delicious sadness. There is the waitress in "Flush or Bust" who refuses your three dollars for a pair of Nathan's Famous; instead, she is more concerned with the hundreds of grasshoppers which have descended that afternoon. `Let's have us that walk' you are invited in "Muscadine," and told by your aged companion that every man `ought to be/drunk/as he is old.' You meet "The Man at the Doughnut Shop" who says of his ruined clothes `The hole is more honorable/than the patch.'

The forgotten roads and backwaters hold a serious charm, and Rough Traces holds its readers with a firm grip.
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