|About the Book|
The Rust Belt Gothic is a new political-aesthetic category, wherein the ignored or statistical pain of the nations abandoned industrial heart is made to glow with a Poe-like anti-vigor...This is a gory, half-delirious business, wonder- andMoreThe Rust Belt Gothic is a new political-aesthetic category, wherein the ignored or statistical pain of the nations abandoned industrial heart is made to glow with a Poe-like anti-vigor...This is a gory, half-delirious business, wonder- and grief-stricken, urgent and exacting, tender and hot, like an iron filing shifting in the palm.—Joyelle McSweeneyIn Rochelle Hurts breathtaking mixed work of prose poetry and verse, a history of place is caked in a deep layer of red dust. The Rust Belts rattling structures and sutured-up asphalt roads are palpable here in every syncopated line and every musical sentence.—Oliver de la PazAs moving as it is formally innovative, Rochelle Hurts The Rusted City is an elegy for the Midwest rust belt, and for a history that is not yet even past--and also the gorgeous tale of a family told through the eyes of its smallest daughter, who greets her rusted world with every magic word of childhood, all the serious play and terrifying loves of her youth.—Matt BellIn Hurts sparkling debut, the tinny, melancholic, gorgeous stir of Baudelaires heartbroken metropolis is heard again, but this time its flesh and spirit are rusted. Its lung is rusted, its heart and belly are rusted. Its mother, father, and sister are all rusted. In this city, though, rust is no death rattle but the life rustle. In this city, the prose poem scrapes the sky until rusted clouds burst, sending rusted beauty clattering down. Hurt brings the prose poem back to life.—Sabrina Orah MarkRochelle Hurt was forged from iron ore in the steel mills of Youngstown, Ohio. Currently, she lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.