My Life as an Island


Poems by Travis Mossotti
978-0-913785-42-3 (paper)
March 2013


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First winner of the new Blue Moon Poetry Chapbook Contest

“Whether portraying the hardscrabble poor living along the Mississippi River or staring as Guillaume Apollinaire stared into Le Seine in Paris, Travis Mossotti evokes the ghosts of his own working-class family. His urgent meditations upon three generations of Italian-American men torn apart by economic hardship and death transport us, in achingly beautiful detail, to the Meramec River and Missouri hills of a bygone era. In My Life as an Island, Mossotti sings of St. Louis, of a heritage the poet equates with “‘the crumbled red brick façade / of burned-out warehouses on the edge / of a river that is more American / than I can stand.’”
—Marcus Cafagña, author of The Broken World and Roman Fever


Travis Mossotti teaches English at Lindenwood University, and his poetry has appeared in the Antioch Review, Manchester Review, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Ireland Review, Southwest Review, The Writer’s Almanac, Verse Daily, Western Humanities Review and many others.

Josh Mossotti is a digital artist working in Los Angeles, California. He has been providing digital artwork, CG animation and visual effects for feature films and television for over eight years.

Distributed for Moon City Press.

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