Ohio Railroads

Ohio Railroads is a long poem—in essay form—with origins in the author’s memory of a dream of his hometown of Dayton, Ohio.  Ohio Railroads is an attempt to explore the particular weight of the dream and, in so doing, account for some of the measurement of the accessible world.  The place of exploration is both the several neighborhoods that comprise black Dayton (neighborhoods cut into big triangles by the train lines) and Ohio itself (with its mythologies of settlement and retreat and migration, its heroes, and its weather systems). 

 Cecil S. Giscombe
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