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Book Excerpt: The Book of Awe

In addition to The Book of Awe, Susan O’Dell Underwood has published two chapbooks, and her work has appeared in the Oxford American, The Southern Poetry Anthology: Tennessee, and Crab Orchard Review, among other publications. She lives in Jefferson City.

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The Ground Is Swollen With Your Name

Trauma runs throughout Tiana Clark’s I Can’t Talk About The Trees Without The Blood

The poems in Tiana Clark’s debut collection, I Can’t Talk About The Trees Without The Blood, propel us into encounters with traumas ancient and immediate, blurring any distinctions of time. Clark will appear at Ruby in Nashville on September 9, and at the Southern Festival of Books, held October 12-14.

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A Sense of the Possible

Jane Hirshfield talks with Chapter 16 about poetry’s timelessness, camouflage in nature, and why she doesn’t need to be “pop-culture hip”

Celebrated poet Jane Hirshfield talks with Chapter 16 about her new poetry collection, The Beauty, and her new essay collection, Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World

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Prowling Like Maggie the Cat

In a posthumous collection, poet Diann Blakely casts her lot with outsiders

Rain in Our Door: Duets with Robert Johnson is the last and most radical collection by the late Nashville poet Diann Blakely. The book’s title is taken from the Mississippi musician’s own lyrics: “You better come on in my kitchen, cause there’s gonna be rain in our door.”

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Is There Life On Mars?

U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith talks about inspiration, personal reflection, and recitation

To contemplate the afterlife might seem like a pointless exercise: what can we really know of such matters? When U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith was writing her Pulitzer Prize-winning collection, Life On Mars, she learned that fulfillment could be found in the contemplation itself. Smith will deliver the Willis Plenary Address at the 2018 Christian Scholars’ Conference held at Lipscomb University in Nashville June 6-8.

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