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Documentary Poetics: A Reading by Mark Nowak

Mark Nowak, poet, professor, editor of XCP: Cross Cultural Poetics, reads from his recent book, Coal Mountain Elementary.

A singular, genre-defying treatise from one of America's most innovative political poets, Coal Mountain Elementary remixes verbatim testimony from the surviving Sago, West Virginia miners and rescue teams, the American Coal Foundation's curriculum for schoolchildren, and newspaper accounts of mining disasters in China with photographs of Chinese miners taken by renowned photojournalist Ian Teh.


Recorded Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at ThinkArt Salon.

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