Winner of the 1993 Terrence Des Pres Prize for Poetry This is the debut collection of Timothy Russell--born in Ohio, raised in West Virginia, and employed at Weirton Steel for twenty years. Adversaria celebrates the rough beauty of ordinary life and laments its inevitable decline. In depicting life in and around a small town with a steel mill, these poems combine colloquial style with a late imperial tone to capture the stark contrasts and contradictions of a life lived between the mill and the silent grace of the natural world.
Timothy Russell was born in Steubenville, Ohio, and raised in West Virginia. He has spent most of his life within a mile of the Ohio River and lives in Toronto, Ohio, with his wife and children. Educated at West Liberty State College and the University of Pittsburgh, he has been employed at Weirton Steel for twenty years, most recently as a boiler repairman. Adversaria is his first full-length book.