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Sugar Run Road


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ED OCHESTER is the editor of the Pitt Poetry Series and is a member of the core faculty of the Bennington MFA Writing Seminars. He has published seven books of poems, as well as eight limited editions, and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts, the George Garrett Award from the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, and the "artist of the year" award from the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Recent poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Barrow Street, Agni, Boulevard, Nerve Cowboy, Great River Review, Gettysburg Review, and other magazines. In addition, poems of his were selected for Best American Poems 2007 and 2013.


Sugar Run Road is an inspired, American epic. M.L. Williams, Miramar"

"Sugar Run Road is an inspired, American epic." M.L. Williams, Miramar"

What s important to Ochester is rendering the world in our art as we find it not as we would like it to be. There s no need for long-winded puffery when this life offers such wonders as the two young toothless men singing Stairway to Heaven with enormous gusto in karaoke night at the serbian club, south side, pittsburgh: a haiku. Ochester s sugar run road makes an argument for poetry less as a kind of alchemy where the real is remade as art but rather poetry as witness sharing the beauty and wonders of the real that we too often fail to notice. Kristofer Collins, Pittsburgh Magazine"

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