The Immigrant’s Contract

In this new collection of linked poems, Leland Kinsey offers a new installment of his moving and powerful narrative verse. Arriving by horse-and-carriage as a child, the main character of this sequence embodies the cultural transformation that so many American families have endured, while Kinsey’s verse captures the twentieth-century themes of displacement, work, and transformation in bold, crisp detail. No subject is beyond his grasp: travels through the Canadian wilderness, a baseball game in Florida, the sabotage of archaeology, a night crossing to Cuba, a lonesome poacher’s soliloquy. He always connects these disparate themes with a sure hand, constructing something sure to resonate with every American – newcomers and first settlers alike. It is all here, acute, ambitious, and accessible.

Praise for The Immigrant’s Contract

The Immigrant’s Contract is the most masterful and engaging story of what it means to be an immigrant in America that I have ever read.
—Howard Frank Mosher