Secret Rivers

Secret Rivers

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Marilyn Cavicchia gives vivid voices to the drivers and passengers traveling a rainy stretch of freeway in eastern Ohio. She conjures distinctive verbal identities for each of her personae, and each poema€™s vignette delights the imagination and the ear. A further joy is to trace the a€œsecret riversa€ of relationship among these characters: between the anti-fracking activist and the grandmother looking forward to a check for the drilling rights to her yard; between the divorced father driving a balloon van and the road-ragey driver of the Chrysler behind him; between the energy contractors new to the community and the locals in whom the rapid changes inspire both bewilderment and hope. Cavicchiaa€™s brilliant poems precisely observe the details of life in this citya€”yet her Ohio freeway represents every motorway in America, where rivers of vehicles propel their occupants toward regret, nostalgia, and inevitable transformation. a€” Jennifer Bullis, author of Impossible Lessons Cavicchia knows that the true soul of any place resides not in its well-trod highways and main streets, but rather down the psychological back roads traversed only by locals, though well known to everyone. Like shorthand Sherwood Anderson, each of these compact poems maps the crossroads of boom and bust, of loyalty and betrayal, of prejudice and unfulfilled dreams that haunt virtually every small American town whose inhabitants are exploited as much by their own well-intentioned fears as any outside interests. a€” William P. Tandy, editor/publisher of Smile, Hon, You're in Baltimore! The residents in Secret Rivers navigate a community coming apart at the seams; wea€™re privy, poem by poem, to the thoughts that worry below the surface of ordinary encounters. With language both spare and intimate, Cavicchia explores isolation, resentment, polite existence, and occasional rivulets of hope, of people facing the inevitable advance by an unnamed company promising big payoff and no risk, in exchange for permission to rive what lies underneath a dying towna€™s yards and land. a€œSo many decades beyond saving/ that fear begins to look like hope, a€ we read. These poems remind us to listen, to each other and ourselves. a€”Valerie Wallace, author of The Dictatorsa€™ Guide to Good HousekeepingThese poems remind us to listen, to each other and ourselves. a€”Valerie Wallace, author of The Dictatorsa€™ Guide to Good Housekeeping

Title:Secret Rivers
Author:Marilyn Cavicchia
Publisher:Evening Street Press - 2014-06-01


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