Coming April 2018
In November of 2012, Robert Earl Stewart left a cardiologist’s office terrified of dying. He was 38 years old and weighed 368 pounds. Not so much an instructional manual on how to run, as a humorous meditation on what not to do, The Running-Shaped Hole examines how running affected him as a husband, father, recovered alcoholic, journalist, and writer.
From dehydration in cottage country and getting lost on a woodlot in sub-zero temperatures to how obedience training his dog made him run smarter and training for the Detroit Half-Marathon, Stewart shares adventures, injuries, and spiritual epiphanies with wit and insight.
Praise for Robert Earl Stewart
“Psalm-like and surreal, diverse and surprising, Something Burned Along the Southern Border maps a seldom-recorded region of Canada, the joint of Windsor–Detroit, and beyond. Like a scent, this poetry tugs, pulls open our memories. It smells like pancake houses, maple, diesel, tobacco, blood, and forest brush.”
—Emily Schultz, author of Joyland and Men Walking on Water
“An exceptionally adroit storyteller, Stewart calmly walks us into the eye of the impending storm with uncommon grace. He writes the way the rest of us wish we lived: fearless and searching.”
—Dani Couture, author of Good Meat and Sweet
“…A poet with gifts to delight and amaze.” —Paul Vermeersch, author of The Fat Kid and Between the Walls