The poems in Dan Leach’s debut collection present lyrical portraits of dying (if not already dead) suburban neighborhoods in South Carolina. Stalled-out construction sites, abandoned shopping malls, and builder grade houses that seem haunted before they’re even sold—these are the doomed spaces that populate Leach’s work. Stray Latitudes investigates the spiritual and geographical crises of the New South, pitting the individual need for identity against the recent swell of nationalism and the ongoing creep of capitalism. Like the vagrant creature for which the book is named, these are poems that scratch and claw in their search for a place to call home.
The TRP Southern Poetry Breakthrough Series: South Carolina
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Published by Texas Review Press