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Ohio Railroads
C. S. Giscombe




Omnidawn
2014 • 64 pp. 5 x 7"
Poetry / Poetry - African American / Poetry of Place

$11.95 Paperback, 978-1-890650-74-2



A chapbook-length poem that explores the cultural and personal weight of Ohio’s rail history

Ohio Railroads is a long poem—in essay form—with origins in the author’s memory of a dream in which one of his parents died and the other, in response, sent forward a warning in what may have been the persona of the departed one. Ohio Railroads explores the peculiar weight of the dream and accounts for some of the measurement of the accessible world. The place of exploration is the several neighborhoods that comprise black Dayton (neighborhoods cut into big triangles by the train lines) and also “big Ohio” itself (with its mythologies of settlement and retreat and migration, its heroes, and its weather systems).



C. S. GISCOMBE’s poetry books are Prairie Style, Giscome Road, Here, etc.; his book of linked essays (concerning Canada, race, and family) is Into and Out of Dislocation. He has received the 2010 Stephen Henderson Award, an American Book Award (for Prairie Style) and the Carl Sandburg Prize (for Giscome Road). Border Towns will appear in 2015. 



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