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Jesse Lee Kercheval

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Jesse Lee Kercheval is the author of several books, including Cinema Muto (Southern Illinois University Press, 2009), winner of the Crab Orchard Open Selection Award; Dog Angel (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2004); and World as Dictionary (Carnegie-Mellon University Press, 1999). She is the Zona Gale Professor of English at University of Wisconsin–Madison.

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After the porno theater became a revival house,
the neighborhood began to change.
The Blue Plate, a designer diner, opened,
all aluminum and curves. Inside, 
the menu featured revived comfort foods--
meat loaf, mashed potatoes, a glass case full of pies.
Young families moved in, the drawn shades
of the