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Speakers in Anticipate the Coming Reservoir return to and survey terrain that was once their own and find it strangely defamiliarized. As they process the changes—changes they generally see as suspect—these characters seek, and sometimes find, something like balance between nostalgia and terra incognita. This collection may be, as Natasha Trethewey writes, “his nostos,” but it is also John Hoppenthaler’s paen to existential resolve as it is exhibited by souls who possess, as David Baker describes it, “all our wounded, belated psyches.”
About the Author
JOHN HOPPENTHALER’s first book of poetry is Lives Of Water (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2003). His poetry appears in Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, Southern Review, McSweeney’s, 5 AM, Pleiades, Barrow Street, and elsewhere; his essays, interviews, and reviews in Arts & Letters, Southeast Review, Chelsea, Bellingham Review, and the Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Poetry. The Poetry Editor of Kestrel, he teaches at East Carolina University in Greensville.