About the Book
Necropastoral poetry that traces the path of nuclear discovery from the Pleistocene to the Anthropocene.
The hands of humans split the atom and reshaped the world. Gradually revealing a sublime nightmare that begins with spontaneous nuclear fission in the protozoic and ends with the omnicide of the human race, The Manhattan Project traces the military, cultural, and scientific history of the development of nuclear weapons and nuclear power through searing lyric, procedural, and visual poetry.
Ken Hunt’s poetry considers contemporary life—life in the nuclear age—broadly and deeply. It dances through the liminal zones between routine and disaster, between life and death, between creation and destruction. From the mundane to the extraordinary, Hunt’s poems expose the depth to which the nuclear has impacted every aspect of the everyday, and question humanity’s ability to avoid our destruction.
Challenging the complicity of the scientists who created devastating weapons, exploring the espionage of the nuclear arms race, and exposing the role of human error in nuclear disaster, The Manhattan Project is a necropastoral exploration of the literal and figurative fallout of the nuclear age. These poems wail like a meltdown siren, condemning anthropocentric thinking for its self-destructive arrogance.
Ken Hunt is the author of The Lost Cosmonauts and Space Administration. His writing has appeared in Chromium Dioxide, No Press, and Freefall. He has served as the managing editor of NōD Magazine and filling Station, and is the founder of Spacecraft Press.
Praise for The Manhattan Project:
A sophisticated, molecularly inventive poetry manuscript. Reading The Manhattan Project is an act of fission—its various component parts split into recurring syntactic patterns and smaller, dispersed inflections. In both form and subject, this is a harrowing and moving reckoning with the necropastoral consequences of the nuclear age.
—Adam Dickinson, Brock University