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Poet Joseph Reich writes from a great inner pressure of experience and memory. His senses are open to an America frozen in a forever unconsummated act of rotting; with humor, empathy, and a vast, restless energy, his experience bursts out, capturing the fleeting world in a poetic bubble with an almost painterly repletion, so that for a moment it becomes whole and tangible, authentic both to the outer reality to which it is a touching tribute, and to his own nature.

Joseph Reich is a social worker and displaced New Yorker who lives with his wife and eleven-year-old son up in the high mountains of Vermont. He has been published in a wide variety of eclectic literary journals both here and abroad, been nominated six times for The Pushcart Prize, and his books in poetry and cultural studies include:

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“Armed with the resignation of Bret Easton Ellis and the empathy of Henry Chinaski, Reich wryly grapples with the weight of nostalgia in 21st-century America. The Rituals of Mummification is a bullet train, crashing through the Smithsonian in the night.”

—Adam Van Alstyne, Editor, Gambling the Aisle