Ain’t Country Like You

“You act like there’s only one way to be country…”

Winner of the 2019 Digging Press Chapbook Series Award. Abigail Carl-Klassen depicts rural spaces inhabited by a community dependent on the boom and bust cycles of oil fields and cash crop agriculture. The personal and confrontational voices in these eighteen poems embody the constant tension of political rhetoric and social vulnerability in contemporary America. Unapologetically tender and with a hopeful nod to an elusive American ideal, these poems imbue a nation’s struggles with culture, class, and identity.