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Trouble with the Machine
Trouble with the Machine

Trouble with the Machine

Prose Poems


72 Pages, 5 x 7

Trade Paper, $11.00 (US $11.00) (CA $16.00)

Publication Date: November 2003

ISBN 9780972336314

Rights: US & CA

Low Fidelity Press (Nov 2003)

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Takes readers on a tour of a brilliantly oddball world, where town hall meetings turn into bloodbaths and God occasionally calls to check in with mortals who are calmly ironing their souls in the kitchen.


“Singular and deeply pleasurable. Chris Kennedy’s prosetry is a lonely anarchic nation-state unto itself, half vacation funspot, half eerie purgatorial layover. There is joy and dread here, in every carefully considered line, and evidence of a brain committed to giving shape to the thoughts we keep in a small box, on the top shelf, of our darkest, dankest closet.”  —Dave Eggers, author, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

“A haunting, complex, and very beautiful book. Kennedy has a deep understanding of American longing and the inevitable losses associated with that longing and, because he is a powerful artist, is able to make from that loss a wonderful victory: this moving portrait of the human heart examining itself.”  —George Saunders, author, CivilWarLand in Bad Decline

Author Biography

Christopher Kennedy is the Director of the MFA program in creative writing at Syracuse University and one of the founding editors of the literary journal, 3rd Bed. His writing has appeared in many journals and magazines, including Grand Street, Ploughshares, McSweeney’s, and Mississippi Review. He received a poetry fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts in 1999 and a Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts grant in 1997. His previous collection of poetry is Nietzsche's Horse. He lives in Syracuse, New York.