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ISBN 978-0-8101-5027-0

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ISBN 978-0-8101-5002-7
Publication Date
November 1993
Page Count
87 pages
Trim Size
5 1/8 x 7 3/4


Timothy Russell

Winner of the 1993 Terrence Des Pres Prize for Poetry

This is the debut collection of Timothy Russell--born in Ohio, raised in West Virginia, and employed at Weirton Steel for twenty years. Adversaria celebrates the rough beauty of ordinary life and laments its inevitable decline. In depicting life in and around a small town with a steel mill, these poems combine colloquial style with a late imperial tone to capture the stark contrasts and contradictions of a life lived between the mill and the silent grace of the natural world.

About the Author

Timothy Russell was born in Steubenville, Ohio, and raised in West Virginia. He has spent most of his life within a mile of the Ohio River and lives in Toronto, Ohio, with his wife and children. Educated at West Liberty State College and the University of Pittsburgh, he has been employed at Weirton Steel for twenty years, most recently as a boiler repairman. Adversaria is his first full-length book.
"[T]he genuineness and authority of Russell's work cannot be gainsaid; he brings us close to "ordinary life," and then inside its strangeness." --Poetry
"The life that Russell portrays, hard as it is, is a whole life, awful and lovely." --Hudson Review
"Adversaria is a classy addition to the Rust Belt strain of the American grain." --Taproot Reviews