The Landfill Poems

by Clay Cantrell

The Landfill Poems investigate the human and environmental hazards of late capitalism in the American South. Told from the perspectives of two poverty-stricken siblings in Tennessee, these sonnets carry the reader through the anxieties of these experiences with slant phrases and synesthetic musings. As a waste-filled world eats away at the characters,things often turn violent and mournful. The poet, Tim Earley, notes that "In its accumulative material warping, this book captures the texture of rural poverty. In its slicing, elliptical narratives, it brings us close to its subjects without judgment or caricature."