Slow Trains Overhead
by Reginald Gibbons
Few people writing today could successfully combine an intimate knowledge
of Chicago with a poet’s eye, and capture what it’s really like to live
in this remarkable city. Embracing a striking variety of human experience—a
chance encounter with a veteran on Belmont Avenue, the grimy majesty of
the downtown El tracks, domestic violence in a North Side brownstone, the
wide-eyed wonder of new arrivals at O’Hare, and much more—these new and
selected poems and stories by Reginald Gibbons celebrate the heady mix of
elation and despair that is city life. With Slow Trains Overhead, he has
rendered a living portrait of Chicago as luminously detailed and powerful
as those of Nelson Algren and Carl Sandburg.
May be ordered from the University of Chicago Press.
Slow Trains Overhead by Reginald Gibbons
120 pages, 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 © 2010