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“Rural landscapes have long been important to my work as a poet. I began trying to capture them in photographs several years ago, first as a way into poems, and then, finally, as what I hope is a legitimate artistic pursuit in their own right.
Each of the photos here is named for a lyric from an old folk, blues, or country song. When I go out to shoot pictures, I like to shut off my GPS and drive around the backroads of rural Missouri, trying to get lost if I can. These songs ride shotgun.”
Justin Hamm is the author of a full length collection of poems, Lessons in Ruin, and two poetry chapbooks. He is the founding editor of the Museum of Americana and his work has appeared in Nimrod, The Midwest Quarterly, Sugar House Review, Hobart, the Weekly Rumpus and elsewhere. Justin has also received the Stanley Hanks Memorial Prize from the St. Louis Poetry Center. Follow him on Instagram @justindhamm.