Saturday, October 10, 2015

Passing Through Meat Camp by Joshua Martin

Bestselling Chapbook in 2015

Passing Through Meat Camp is an exploration of places of belonging and identity politics in Appalachia and the Deep South, regions characterized by both bucolic scenery and rampant poverty. The 33 poems contained in this collection thus evoke this distinction. As a Southern writer, Joshua Martin is heavily fascinated by the Southern landscape. He both loves and loathes the South, and its history of violence, instability, religion (and religious hypocrisy), and its inability to come to terms with its volatile past all manifest in Joshua's work. Passing Through Meat Camp further explores his experiences growing up in rural Mississippi and the events that influenced his poetics. Above all else, Passing Through Meat Camp attempts to answer the question of whether or not to love the places you are from, even when those environments contain histories that border on the unthinkable. 

*Meat Camp is an unincorporated town outside of Boone, NC, and, due to its rural nature, epitomizes the collection as a whole. 

About the Author:

Joshua Lee Martin was born in Madison, Mississippi, but calls Greenville, SC, home. A recent graduate of Clemson University’s MA in English program, Joshua’s been published in a number of literary magazines and anthologies, including Still, The Kentucky Review, Black Heart Magazine, The San Pedro River Review, Kakalak 2015, One, The Josephine Quarterly, and elsewhere. He was runner-up in the 2015 Jacar Press Chapbook Competition. He will be starting a PhD program in Creative Writing at Georgia State University in the fall. 

57 pages, 33 poems

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