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Places I Was Dreaming
Loren Graham




Cavankerry
2015 • 64 pp. 6 x 9 1/4"
Poetry - American

$16.00 Paperback, 978-1-933880-45-7



“Through the perspective of a seemingly personal, but private, persona, Graham traces the formative stages in the life of a boy growing up in the... [continued in Reviews below]”—William V. Davis,

With humor, wonder, and kid-logic, a young boy copes with a life in rural poverty in the poetic sequence of Places I Was Dreaming

Places I Was Dreaming is a study in poetic tone and the function of story that introduces us to a plucky boy living in rural poverty. The book follows him from preschool through his third grade winter, showing us his life in an extended family of storytellers in which everyone talks at the same time and the lack of money is an ever-present threat that even a child cannot help but be aware of. The boy approaches difficulty through “kid-logic”—seemingly rational but incorrect conclusions about what he sees, and his attitude is by turns stoic, uncomprehending, philosophical, and comic.

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“Through the perspective of a seemingly personal, but private, persona, Graham traces the formative stages in the life of a boy growing up in the depressed and depressing environment of the American southwest in the late twentieth century and of finding himself in places he was dreaming, as he says in ‘Sleepwalking.’ These are themes and poems that will resonate with many readers.”—William V. Davis



LOREN GRAHAM was raised in and around Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. He studied as a writer and composer at Oklahoma Baptist University, and he earned an MA in English from Baylor University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Virginia. He received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 2009 for poems that became part of Places I Was Dreaming. He currently lives in Helena, Montana, with his wife, Jane Shawn.



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