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Sugar Run Road
Ed Ochester

Autumn House
2015 • 80 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Poetry / Poetry - American

$17.95 Paperback, 978-1-938769-01-6

“What’s important to Ochester is rendering the world in our art as we find it — not as we would like it to be. There’s no need for long-winded puffery... [continued in Reviews below]”—Kristofer Collins, Pittsburgh Magazine

The eight full-length poetry collection of noted poet and editor, Ed Ochester.

In his eigth full-length collection of poetry, Ochester is at his best: straight-forward and tender, he views the world with no illusions and a great deal of compassion.

Reviews / Endorsements

“What’s important to Ochester is rendering the world in our art as we find it — not as we would like it to be. There’s no need for long-winded puffery when this life offers such wonders as the ‘two young toothless men’ singing Stairway to Heaven ‘with enormous gusto’ in ‘karaoke night at the serbian club, south side, pittsburgh: a haiku.’ Ochester’s ‘sugar run road’ makes an argument for poetry less as a kind of alchemy where the real is remade as art but rather poetry as witness sharing the beauty and wonders of the real that we too often fail to notice.”—Kristofer Collins, Pittsburgh Magazine

“Sugar Run Road is an inspired, American epic.”—M.L. Williams, Miramar

“I'm always scolding Ed for not stepping into the front ranks of American poets, where he belongs, till finally I realize that A. it's not up to him and B. he's already there. I could praise his plain speech, his tenderness and loyalty, his incredible memory, his creation of poetic world to draw sustenance from, his devotion to the local, his deep and ancient values, disguised as rebellion and satire, but I want to praise the mystery that is at the heart of his poems, how he can create beauty out of violence, waste and bad rhetoric we are all surrounded by, not unlike the farmers of New Jersey who planted their tomatoes in the raw sewage being disgorged from the giant pipes where the Giants now play football; the best tomatoes his Uncle Frank ate. He has a love of complexity but he dislikes confusion and obscurity. Finally, he is a poet and there are very few of them who brings wisdom to his work. I want to praise in particular "Myer Country Motel," "Hambone," "Ancient Music," "Hi Gertrude," "September Rain," and "For Britt." This is an amazing book.”—Gerald Stern

ED OCHESTER is the editor of the Pitt Poetry Series and is a member of the core faculty of the Bennington MFA Writing Seminars. He has published seven books of poems, as well as eight limited editions, and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts, the George Garrett Award from the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, and the "artist of the year" award from the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Recent poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Barrow Street, Agni, Boulevard, Nerve Cowboy, Great River Review, Gettysburg Review, and other magazines. In addition, poems of his were selected for Best American Poems 2007 and 2013.

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