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Babylon in a jar : new poems

Author: Andrew Hudgins
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Marriner Books edView all editions and formats
Summary:
The poems in Babylon in a Jar extend the forceful explorations that Andrew Hudgins began with Saints and Strangers, his first book and a runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize in 1985. Since then, he has probed the nature of Southern experience, the conflict between religion and worldliness, the origins of poetry, the exaltations and perils of family. In this volume he brings such issues down to the old conflict between  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Hudgins
ISBN: 061812697X 9780618126972
OCLC Number: 48625916
Notes: Originally published in 1998.
Description: 72 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: The chinaberry --
After muscling through sharp greenery --
Poem ("Blunt daffodil spikes") --
Ashes ("My left hand joggled Johnny's arm") --
In the red seats --
Edge --
Dragonfly --
Night class --
One threw a dirt clod and it ran --
Signs of a change in weather --
Wind --
Supper --
The daffodils erupt in clumps --
We were simply talking --
Heaven --
Elegy for the bees --
Bodies of water --
Babylon in a jar --
Catching breath --
Plunge --
How to stop --
Ashes ("Bill gripped the can in both hands") --
In Alesia --
Rain --
Purple --
Ball --
These privileges doth the wolf hold to this hour --
Hail --
Goat god --
Plant two seeds --
Keys --
Hammer and scourge --
When the weak lamb dies --
Tools : an ode --
The bottle tree --
Why stop? --
The Hanging Gardens --
Stump.
Responsibility: Andrew Hudgins.

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The poems in Babylon in a Jar extend the forceful explorations that Andrew Hudgins began with Saints and Strangers, his first book and a runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize in 1985. Since then, he has probed the nature of Southern experience, the conflict between religion and worldliness, the origins of poetry, the exaltations and perils of family. In this volume he brings such issues down to the old conflict between order and disorder. He responds with passion to the natural world, to history, to inheritance: "before he flooded the rubble, he swept up the dust of Babylon / to give as presents, and he stored it in a jar." The breadth and sweep of these poems, their variety and fervor, surpass Hudgins's previous work in After the Lost War (winner of the Poets' Prize), The Never-Ending (a runner-up for the National Book Award), and The Glass Hammer.

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