Cradle of the American Circus: Poems from Somers, New York

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America's circus—a spectacle of flying trapeze artists, colorful clowns and trained animal acts under the big top—grew out of the traveling menagerie phenomenon in Somers, New York, in the 1800s. To commemorate this proud local heritage, award-winning poet and Somers native Jo Pitkin presents a collection of poems inspired by the people, events and fantastic ephemera of the glory days of the Somers showmen. Complementing her dazzling lines are essays by regional historians that explain Somers's unique role as the Cradle of the American Circus. Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, step up, step up! The show is about to begin.
ISBN: 9781609496371
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: New York
Images: 47
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Jo Pitkin grew up in Somers, New York. She received a BA in creative writing and literature from Kirkland College, Clinton, New York, and an MFA in poetry from the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa. She is the author of The Measure (Finishing Line Press) and the forthcoming Commonplace Invasions collection (Salmon Poetry). Her award-winning poems have appeared in such journals and anthologies as Little Star, Ironwood, Quarterly West, BigCityLit, Nimrod International Journal, Vanguard Voices of the Hudson Valley, Connecticut River Review, Riverine: An Anthology of Hudson Valley Writers, Stone Canoe: A Journal of Arts and Ideas from Upstate New York and others. After working as an editor at Houghton Mifflin Company in Boston, Jo pursued a career as a freelance writer for educational publishers throughout the United States and is the credited author of more than forty books for kindergarten through twelfth-grade students. She currently lives in the Hudson River Valley in a former public schoolhouse built in 1830
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