Baltimore. 1988. Johns Hopkins University Press. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 130 pages. hardcover. Jacket illustration & design by Chris L. Smith. 0801836026. keywords: 40544. inventory # 11846. FROM THE PUBLISHER-In his second collection, Martone focuses on our lack of safety, equating it with our loss of innocence. He accents the fragility of our arrangements, the randomness of disaster, the vulnerability of anyone crossing the road. Thus in ‘King of Safety the narrator, whose father worked for the phone company, recalls in childhood being chosen King of Safety to ride the company's float in their annual parade. Grown and gone from home, the young man calls his parents when he travels from ‘the observation decks of tall buildings. ' The story is a subtle meditation on what keeps you safe: perhaps memory, the memory of childhood. Martone's prose is calm and untheatrical, but he writes as if his characters, all of us, were really perfoming on a high wire without a safety net beneath. -LIBRARY JOURNAL. Michael Martone is currently a Professor of English and Director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Alabama where he has been teaching since 1996. Before that, he taught at Syracuse University, Iowa State University, and Harvard University. He lives with the poet Theresa Pappas and their two sons Sam and Nick. Martone was born and grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he attended the public schools. He studied at Butler University in Indianapolis and graduated from Indiana University with a degree in English. He is also a graduate of The Writing Seminars of The Johns Hopkins University. Martone is the author of five books of short fiction including Seeing Eye published in September of 1995 by Zoland Books as well as Pensées: The Thoughts of Dan Quayle (Broad Ripple Press, 1994), Fort Wayne Is Seventh on Hitler's List (Indiana University Press, 1990), Safety Patrol (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1988), and Alive and Dead in Indiana (Alfred A. Knopf, 1984). He has edited two collections of essays about the Midwest: A Place of Sense: Essays in Search of the Midwest and Townships: Pieces of the Midwest (University of Iowa Press, 1988 and 1992). He edits Story County Books, and his newest book, The Flatness and Other Landscapes (University of Georgia Press, 2000), a collection of his own essays about the Midwest, won the AWP Prize for Creative Nonfiction in 1998..
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