“Hurt’s poetry pierces the reader’s skin just as the arrow of a gesture, a phrase, a natural disaster, pierces a character’s skin, a city’s soft shell. The set is mirrored, the effect prismatic. The choreography is flawless right up to the moment where subject and witness merge.”
“If Michel Gondry and William Faulkner were to team up and write a book about Cleveland, you might wind up with something akin to Rochelle Hurt’s debut collectionThe Rusted City.”
“Sense of place, relentless imagery, hypnotic sounds, and a childlike sense of wonder make The Rusted City a worthwhile read. The form never stutters or questions itself.”
–The Adroit Journal
Selected as the eighteenth volume in the Marie Alexander Series at White Pine Press, THE RUSTED CITY is a hybrid work of prose poetry and verse that reads like a novel in poems. Excerpts have been published in the Cincinnati Review, Mid-American Review, Versal, New Delta Review, and elsewhere. Read poems online in Poemeleon, The Prose Poem Project, and Superstition Review.
“In Which I Play the Runaway” by Rochelle Hurt, animated by Christabel Jarrold