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Starkey's Book of States
Inspired by a 1961 children's geography primer, The Arrow Book of States, Starkey's Book of States was conceived in response as a contemporary poetic atlas. Written over the course of several years, the collection includes fifty poems evoking the landscape or mood of each of the fifty states. In poetry which is by turns wistful and sardonic, comic and bleak, Starkey sketches a map of America more accurate than that of any cartographer.
Listen to David Starkey reading his poem entitled A Short History of a Woman With a Tatooed Scalp in MP3 format. (680K)