Fiction, b&w, chapbook staple, 22 pages.
Winner of 2008 Gertrude Chapbook Competition for Fiction.
A darkly comic and oddly touching story of sex, drugs, rock and roll, and a plane crash that crushes human bodies while leaving the mandolins unharmed. In Mixing Tracks, Jan Steckel strikes an unsettling balance between the consolations of memory, the thrilling ephemerality of youthful ambition, and our shared need for connection, even (or especially) when our world seems to have to come to its end.
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“...[T]he singular lyrical tone fused with the pure strength of Steckel's poetry makes this book one I'd recommend to purchase, keep around, and put in the hands of a friend.”
“Leaving no room for weak sentimentality or over-wrought poetics, Jan Steckel takes no prisoners.”
“Whether set in Harvard or outside a trashed van in Mexico, Jan Steckel's poems reveal the full and sometimes terrifying spectrum of the human condition. You will not forget your visit to brave patients in The Underwater Hospital!”
“There is suffering in Steckel's work but also catharsis, and her willingness to wrestle with misery in broken bodies, broken spirits, and broken hospital equipment makes The Underwater Hospital a book any lover of poetry should read.”
“To read The Underwater Hospital is to enter a world that many
in America choose not to acknowledge, let alone read about. But for
those who do want to know, The Underwater Hospital is an important
addition to the landscape of outrage and protest against current
American public policy.... Jan Steckel's exquisite honesty is what
engages her soul in the task of poetry.