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Cloud of Unusual Size and Shape Meditations on Ruin and Redemption

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ISBN-10: 1595347607

ISBN-13: 9781595347602

Edition: 2016

Authors: Matt Donovan

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The title cloud of Matt Donavan’s extraordinary nonfiction debut, A Cloud of Unusual Size and Shape, refers to the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius that in 79 AD buried the city of Pompeii under twenty feet of ash. Today a remarkable 2.5 million people a year visit the ruins of the Italian city. It’s no surprise, then, that Donovan found the sacred place a site of inspiration and power, devoting six pieces to exploring the homes and villas that have been preserved. Donavan takes off from various points in the Roman ruins to explore the inconstancy of any given moment alongside the processes used to make casts of the vacancies left by the city’s dead to create positive monuments to their…    
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Book details

List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2016
Publisher: Trinity University Press
Publication date: 4/12/2016
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.72" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

Matt Donovan is the winner of the 2006 Katherine Bakeless Nason Prize for poetry, selected by Mark Doty and awarded by Middlebury College and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. Donovan's poems have appeared in several journals, including Poetry, Agni, the Gettysburg Review, and the Kenyon Review. He received his MFA from New York University and in 2004 was awarded a literature fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts. He is currently an assistant professor of creative writing at the College of Santa Fe and lives in New Mexico with his wife and son.