By David Hardin
A spare and lyrical memoir of the author's time as a Red Cross Emergency Relief Volunteer in Flint, Michigan at the height of the water crisis, David Hardin's Standpipe sets the origins of the crisis and the arc of its trajectory against the moving personal history of his mother’s decline and eventual death. Written with a novelist’s eye for scene and a poet’s command of language, Standpipe interweaves his personal story with stories from the front lines in Flint to sketch an intimate account of how a person, a city, a family forges on to make sense of crisis and collapse.
David Hardin is a Michigan poet, writer, and artist. His work has appeared in 3 Quarks Daily, Prague Review, Drunken Boat, Hermes Poetry Journal, Dunes Review, Epigraph Magazine, Loose Change, Burningwood Literary Journal, ARDOR, Carolina Quarterly, Madison Review, the 2014 Bear River Review, and elsewhere.