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Shackamaxon ❰PDF / Epub❯ ☆ Shackamaxon Author David Livewell – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Poet David Livewell beckons you to follow him down the streets where he spent his childhood in North Philadelphia This prize winning collection guides readers through the working class neighborhood of Poet David Livewell beckons you to follow him down the streets where he spent his childhood in North Philadelphia This prize winning collection guides readers through the working class neighborhood of Kensington not as tourists or passersby but as open eyed observers of the visceral and uniue spirit of the locales and its inhabitants Through his use of metrics and poetic forms Livewell skillfully weaves together harsh urban narratives with tragic regional history to create a colorful mosaic of colonial hope industrialization religion racism memory and the current state of the American dream These poems give a voice to people and places both past and present whose untold stories of suffering survival love and family will resonate with readers from diverse worlds.

  • Paperback
  • 73 pages
  • Shackamaxon
  • David Livewell
  • English
  • 27 January 2015
  • 9781612480770

12 thoughts on “Shackamaxon

  1. Anthony Anthony says:

    First and foremost this is a book of intimate emotional poetry It is especially intimate for those who grew up within the vicinity but you don't have to have been there The episodes themselves are local variations on themes you find in every post industrial city; but familiarity in this case breeds empathy The readers know these people these streets or are at least close enough to them to care for them and what happens to themPhiladelphia is unlike many cities its size because no one ethnic group ever really became the dominant culture There are all these odd eddies and sub currents which run deep underneath what many mistakenly see as a surface bigotry The characters in this book are as diverse as the population of the area; but it's an un self conscious diversity much older than our modern ideas of what diversity looks likeEspecially intriguing is the use of traditional poetic forms with local vernacular North Philly vernacular might not be as well known or as distinctive as South Boston or Brooklyn; but the resulting admixture of cultures creates a language rich in cultural referents if not slang Far from incongruous the traditional forms create a respectful and respectable frame for an unblinking yet not too raw look at city lives outside the downtowns A beautiful collection and a very enjoyable read and re read

  2. Sue Russell Sue Russell says:

    I have read a number of these poems in manuscript and in other publications and I'm thrilled to recommend Shackamaxon to my reading friends including those who may see themselves as being poetry averse David Livewell writes with elegance erudition and deep feeling about the hard bitten section of Philadelphia called Kensington where he grew up of his family and friends there both dead and living Livewell's Philadelphia has an idiosyncratic history that is too little known I have learned from these poems and been touched by them and admired their stylistic grace

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