A Little Salvation
Poems Old and New
By (author) Judson Mitcham
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Little Salvation by Judson Mitcham
Book DescriptionThis new collection from acclaimed novelist and poet, Judson Mitcham features poems from the last twenty-five years, including forty new works and poems from his previously published collections, "Somewhere in Ecclesiastes" (1991) and This April Day" (2003). Wise, witty, and deceptively plainspoken, Mitcham's poems show how the moments that truly save us - that make us human - are necessarily the most fleeting. It is up to us, he reminds us, to create meaning from those moments, and in doing so to create our own salvation.The transitory nature of human experience is both the boon and the bane of the existence of the speakers in these poems, and every poem seems to recognize its own temporality, trying to find meaning rather than a definitive answer to the questions it raises. The tone of these poems combines a strong sense of humor with a pervasive feeling of loss, both celebrating and mourning that "a true note is still so hard to hit." These voices revel in the human condition even as they are often saddened by it.While Mitcham's background and settings are distinctly southern, his interests extend far beyond the regional. He intimately understands the problems and the people of the South but recognizes that these are, above all, human problems and human beings. His poems evoke Flannery O'Connor, Otis Redding, the Bible, and the Baptist Church, but they also respond to Walt Whitman, Wallace Stevens, and the death of Jacques Derrida.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780820330389
(203mm x 133mm x 13mm)
Imprint: University of Georgia Press
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publish Date: 15-Nov-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Judson Mitcham
Sabbath Creek, Paperback (February 2017)
In his second novel, Judson Mitcham, with plain but elegant language, has created a compassionate, smart, powerful work of fiction that touches the pulse of the human spirit. It travels from the ruined landscape of south Georgia and takes us all the way through the ruined landscape of a broken heart.
Inspired Georgia, Hardback (September 2016)
Offers a unique collection of Georgia's contemporary poets and photographers that engages the history and culture of the state, while serving as a document of some of the best and most powerful pieces penned by Georgia poets and images shot by Georgia photographers in recent years.
Sweet Everlasting, Paperback (September 2005)» View all books by Judson Mitcham
Cuts through the moral ambiguities of life in the midcentury rural South to show us the heart and soul of a good but flawed man. Sharecropper's son, mill worker, and ex-convict - Ellis Burt surely knows adversity. For a brief and cherished time there was a woman, and then a child, too, who had been a kind of salvation to him. Then they were gone.
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Author Biography - Judson Mitcham
Judson Mitcham's poems have appeared in "Poetry," the "Georgia Review," and "Harper's." His novels, "The Sweet Everlasting" and "Sabbath Creek," are both winners of the Townsend Prize for Fiction. He teaches writing at Mercer University.
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