The Rusted City
The Rusted City: A Novel in Poems
by Rochelle Hurt
The Rusted City: a Novel in Poems is a hybrid collection of linked prose poems and lineated series depicting the disintegration of a family in a surreal wasteland. Told through the experiences of the smallest sister, it is a coming-of-age fable set in the haunting dreamscape of the rust belt, where industrial corrosion becomes a funhouse mirror of personal loss and degradation. In images of urban ruin both dark and whimsical, the communal loss of a destroyed city parallels the loss of innocence and trust within a household. At once speculative and documentary, it is a story about the nature of decay in the aftermath of abuse and betrayal.
About the Author
Rochelle Hurt is the author of two collections of poetry: In Which I Play the Runaway (2016), which won the Barrow Street Book Prize, and The Rusted City (2014), which was selected for the Marie Alexander Series in prose poetry from White Pine Press. Her work has been included in the Best New Poets anthology series and she's been awarded prizes and fellowships from Crab Orchard Review, Arts & Letters, Hunger Mountain, Phoebe, Poetry International, Vermont Studio Center, Jentel, and Yaddo. She is Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Slippery Rock University. Visit the author's website.