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Overpass
Steve Davenport

Misty Publications, 2012





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Overpass revisits Uncontainable Noise’s investment in explosive form (yodel sonnets, 100-line sonnets) via carefully packed, roughneck reductions (curtal or curtailed sonnets). The terrain is the Illinois floodplain (AKA American Bottom) across the river from St. Louis. The figure who hovers above it all is Overpass Girl, a breast cancer victim whose overpass allows drivers to pass over the damaged or diseased land that extends east (depressed industrial area that runs from Alton down past East St. Louis) of what St. Louisan Jonathan Franzen refers to in The Corrections as St. Jude, Land of Hopeless Cases.

Steve Davenport is the author of Uncontainable Noise, which won the 2006 Transcontinental Poetry Prize, and two chapbooks, Murder on Gasoline Lake (listed as Notable in Best American Essays 2007) and Nine Poems and Three Fictions (winner of The Literary Review’s Charles Angoff Award for best contribution).
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Susan Yount
Editor & Publisher, Misty Publications