Coming of Age: Book of Poems by Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum

Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum recently released a book of poems titled Ghost Gear (The University of Arkansas Press).  His work chronicles “the poet’s coming of age in a working-class neighborhood in Nashville, a fractured place where fathers worked overtime at the nearby Ford Glass plant and kids roamed the streets” (from front cover).

Many of Andrew’s poems wrestle though tough questions from his childhood.  In his poem “Stormdraining”, he writes “I hung long enough to watch daylight fade and for the stars to appear. / And there was the calm that came with finally letting go–a flash / of weightlessness and the drop of all pressure. / And the waiting that followed. And the night. And the dark.” (30) These lines mark growth and a point of understanding that progesses throughout his book.

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For more information on Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum and his work, click here.

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