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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, newspaper accounts of mining disasters in China, and full-color photographs of Chinese miners by renowned photojournalist Ian Teh.

A poet and labor activist heralded by Adrienne Rich for “regenerating the rich tradition of working-class literature,” Mark Nowak regularly leads transnational poetry workshops between American and international trade unions. The author of Revenants and Shut Up Shut Down, he is also a frequent contributor to the Poetry Foundation’s Harriet blog.

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"A tribute to miners and working people everywhere."--Howard Zinn

Synopsis:

Poetry. 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, newspaper accounts of mining disasters in China, and full-color photographs of Chinese miners by renowned photojournalist Ian Teh. "COAL MOUNTAIN ELEMENTARY is an imaginative and shocking reminder of what it means, in the most human and poignant terms, to be a miner, whether in this country or in China, or for that matter anywhere in the industrial world. It is also a tribute to miners and working people everywhere. It manages, in photos and in words, to portray an entire culture. And it is a stunning educational tool"--Howard Zinn.

About the Author

A poet and labor activist heralded by Adrienne Rich for "regenerating the rich tradition of working-class literature," Mark Nowak regularly leads transnational poetry workshops between American and international trade unions. The author of Revenants and Shut Up Shut Down, he has also been a contributor to the Poetry Foundation's Harriet blog. A Malaysian-born, British photojournalist, Ian Teh has been documenting working conditions in China for over a decade. His photographs have appeared in Newsweek, Time, Fortune, The New Yorker and the UK Independent Magazine and have been widely exhibited, most recently in Beijing.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781566892285
Author:
Nowak, Mark
Publisher:
Coffee House Press
Photographer:
Teh, Ian
Author:
Teh, Ian
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Working class
Subject:
Coal miners
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20090431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
25 Color photographs
Pages:
190
Dimensions:
8.20x5.74x.53 in. .64 lbs.

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"A tribute to miners and working people everywhere."--Howard Zinn
"Synopsis" by , Poetry. 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, newspaper accounts of mining disasters in China, and full-color photographs of Chinese miners by renowned photojournalist Ian Teh. "COAL MOUNTAIN ELEMENTARY is an imaginative and shocking reminder of what it means, in the most human and poignant terms, to be a miner, whether in this country or in China, or for that matter anywhere in the industrial world. It is also a tribute to miners and working people everywhere. It manages, in photos and in words, to portray an entire culture. And it is a stunning educational tool"--Howard Zinn.
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