Red Suburb

Poetry by Greg Hewett

April 1, 2002 • 7 x 10 • 96 pages • 978-1-56689-129-5

Like a gay Wonder Years, Red Suburb is a poignant collection of memory, love, and longing.

Red Suburb portrays the neurotic beauty of a generation squeezed between the Baby Boomers and Generation X. These poems—ripe with love and wistfulness—scope the bright, innocent Kodak colors of suburbia, then twist like a kaleidoscope, distorting into the very un-American Dream of coming-of-age as a seer, a dreamer, a gay man, and a social iconoclast amidst the abject development of cul-de-sacs and manicured lawns.

About the Author

Greg Hewett is the author of darkacre (Coffee House Press, 2010), The Eros Conspiracy (2006), Red Suburb (2002), and To Collect the Flesh (New Rivers Press, 1996)—poetry collections that have received a Publishing Triangle Award, two Minnesota Book Award Nominations, a Lambda Book Award Nomination, and an Indie Bound Poetry Top Ten recommendation. The recipient of Fulbright fellowships to Denmark and Norway, Hewett has also been a fellow at the Camargo Foundation in France, and is Professor of English at Carleton College. He is currently finishing a biography of the film noir actor Thomas Gomez.


“What a luminous and alluring book, artful in the best sense of never advertising its art, never straining for effect, ever surprising with its wit and imaginative resourcefulness, its unpretentious yet authoritative voice, its heartbreaking authenticity, its intelligence, its eye, its lust, its charm. These are poems written by a large sensibility, both contemporary and historically aware, disciplined and supple, unsentimental and affectionate, verbally playful and soulfully engaged.” —Bruce Bond