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The poems in Sweet Husk, winner of the 2014 Perugia Press Prize, move between the living and the dead, seeking connection with and through the past, often via the act of digging and excavation. Here, poetry and archaeology reflect one another: what is buried provides insight into or, conversely, deepens the mystery of the ways we engage with the world. The poems are full o ...more
Paperback, First, 88 pages
Published September 14th 2014 by Perugia Press (first published January 1st 2014)
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Aug 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review #27 of "Year of the Review All Read Books"

Corrie was my creative writing teacher in college. Because of this, the book, and subsequent review, are probably read, viewed and digested with a certain bias.

Sometimes in the cloistered writing environments of college, existing reputations amongst its faculty imbue certain impressions to the students. I also studied with Ellen Gilchrist, a National Book Award winner, as well as Rilla Askew who won the American Book Award. Of course, after a fe
Corley Elizabeth
Not much to say on this one. The poems weren't bad, but only one or two really grabbed my attention for the subject matter or the language.

But what
of the unnamable inside us,

brittle and burning in the body's jar,
neither anthracite nor isinglass,
beneath that tiny mouth, ready

to be cracked, to be broken and
spilled out, where it must seek the soil,
be buried and take root, or die.
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Reading SWEET HUSK was like traveling on an archaeology expedition across America's southwestern deserts and the Rocky Mountains. Or like embarking on a pilgrimage and returning home a changed person. It's intelligent, musical, questioning, and deeply grounded in the natural world and in human experience. I can't wait to read more of Corrie Williamson's poems.
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Corrie Williamson was born on a small farm in southwestern Virginia. Her first book, Sweet Husk, won the 2014 Perugia Press Prize, and was a finalist for the 2015 Library of Virginia Poetry Award. Her second book, The River Where You Forgot My Name, was selected by Allison Joseph for the 2018 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry, and will be released in September of 2019. She completed her undergraduate ...more

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