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American Rendering by Andrew Hudgins
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Aug 01, 10

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Read in July, 2010

I can't say I really cared all that much about the 24 new poems of this collection, but I was blown away by some of Hudgins's old favorites in the collected poems section.

"Something Wakes Me Up" detailed the sounds of the skinning of a deer. The serial poem "Saints and Strangers" effectively used a narrative to describe the relationship between a fire and brimstone preacher father and his daughter. Hudgins sticks with biblical imagery in "Hunting with my Brother" (Cain and Abel) and "Praying Drunk" (The Lord's Prayer). That's what makes me such a big fan of Hudgins' work--he doesn't shy away from his religious heritage.

Other standout poems include the humorous "Grandmother's Spit," his elegy to his undead father, his ode to compost, and his realization that numbers are cruel in "Thus."
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