Corrie Williamson Sweet Husk

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Sweet Husk

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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 of matter, of things that matter artifacts and animals and build on pattern, series, and echoes, that focus on making/remaking from what is broken, dead, unsung, or left behind. We see how strange, small, and lonely our lives are dwarfed by our place in a vast landscape of both topography and time. We see how little we can know about ourselves, even with dedicated cataloguing and search. Finally, Sweet Husk, concerns itself with our human place in the narrative of the earth, and this environmental theme is essential.

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Corrie Williamson is from Virginia, and currently lives in Helena, Montana, where she teaches English and Writing at several colleges. This is her first book.

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In her splendid debut, Sweet Husk, Corrie Williamson is multiple in her identities: anthropologist of imagination, archeologist of the heart, naturalist observing the world with acuity and praising it with a dense music ("thick barbs of pink thistle"). No wonder these poems, like "your luminous body will / combust automatically." With a deft ear and a sharp eye, Williamson probes the mysteries of this world and they sing under her scrutiny. --Gregory Orr

In Sweet Husk, Corrie Williamson plumbs all manner of chthonic, bone-garden tomb/womb/rooms in search of "the places that mend us." With the gypsy foot of a pilgrim and the palimpsestic, salvaging sensibility of an archaeologist, Williamson is especially attuned to secrets exchanged in our most liminal, littoral, ecotone zones. A husk is an emptied house, but to husk means to reveal something essential. These arresting poems show us the storied worlds within worlds ; each sings beside the grave truths it illuminates. --Lisa Russ Spaar

The measure of Corrie Williamson's Sweet Husk, is an "abacus of bone," the poet clearly concerned with "the earth's dark draft" of what goes "early to ash." But hers is not a narrow view, and the myriad points of view she employs of archeologist, anthropologist, and poet are informed by history, science, and poetry itself. Williamson's is an amazing accomplishment, and I, among many I suspect, will long lean in to listen to the rare old soul that tells me: "I buy Ball jars. I root / cellar, I hoard, I shotgun. I'll bury in the yard." --Claudia Emerson

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