The poem for which the book is named, “The Origins of Evening,” won the author acclaim at the 1997 national poetry series. It was placed toward the end of this series, sealing the already established somber mood of detached loneliness. An earlier mention of the death of Uncle Arch prepared us, and we know instantly that the poem refers to this without checking the dedication. The steel mill town of Homestead, Pennsylvania, and those residing there, feels dreary, cold, and unlovable—but maybe that’s just me. Read it and let me know what you think.
Leatherby Libraries Call Number: PS 3557 .I139 1998
2nd Floor Humanities Library
Review submitted by: Tracie Hall, Librarian, Law Library
Rating: Somewhat Recommended