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Ecstatic in the Poison
Drawing on events of childhood and of later years, as well as the real and imagined lives of others, Hudgins brings to life a rich, comedic, and haunting variety of characters: among them a prankster who disassembles a Cadillac and rebuilds it in his attic, Russian soldiers on the verge of execution, frenzied inhabitants of Sodom, along with middle-class husbands, wives, a ...more
Hardcover, 204 pages
Published August 25th 2003 by The Overlook Press
(first published August 15th 2003)
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I have greatly enjoyed all the random Andrew Hudgins poems I have discovered online, so I expected to enjoy this book. I have to say that I was disappointed. Hudgins is not the free verse poet I thought he was. He rhymes a whole lot in this book, and his rhymes are distracting. They're too obvious or too jarring, and they take me right out of the poem. A few of his rhyming poems work for me like "Out" (called "In the Well" elsewhere) and "Silver." Of the handful of free verse poems, "Asleep with ...more
ANDREW HUDGINS is the author of seven books of poems, including Saints and Strangers, The Glass Hammer, and most recently Ecstatic in the Poison. A finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, he is a recipient of Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships as well as the Harper Lee Award. He currently teaches in the Department of English at Ohio State University.