For those of you who are into poetry, there is a new and exciting book out, called Jerusalem Plank Road. According to Brenden Hamilton, the author, it is
a book of poetry that examines the Petersburg Campaign of the American Civil War from a variety of perspectives, forming a fragmented, shuffled narrative through the hidden spaces of the past. The book is illustrated with images taken from details of photographs in the Library of Congress’s Civil War collection. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to nonprofit organizations that benefit American veterans and their families. Jerusalem Plank Road is introduced by Jarvis Fosdick, a visual artist and landscape architect.
Here’s a link to the book:
About the author:
Brendan Hamilton lives in Louisville, Colorado with his wife, Kris and their dog, Oliver. A lifelong student of the Civil War, Brendan is a recent graduate of Naropa University’s M.F.A. Writing & Poetics program. He also has a B.A. in history from the College of William & Mary. This is his first book of poetry.
About Durga Press:
“Durga” for the foothills of the mountains: a goddess of that, versus deeper in. A verge, correlating to Punjab and Colorado. Similar terrain. I am the founder of this press but not its editor or physical publisher. The writer makes their own book. Wanted to make a place where the history and geography of this country might appear, because I am a citizen. A new citizen, and wondered what a press of that would be. Brendan Hamilton writes on the civil war; his poems are accompanied by an essay/interview by Jarvis Fosdick, a landscape architect. I do not align myself with the aesthetics of either writer/architect. Durga doesn’t care about that. Durga wants books like tigers, the tiger Durga rides upon: to appear, and pounce. I hope this pounces on you. — Bhanu Kapil. Loveland, Colorado: March 27th, 2010
If the Petersburg Campaign interests you and you like poetry, then consider going out and getting this book.