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Joy in the Morning
By Claude Wilkinson
LSU Press, 2004
Trade paper, $16.95 (62 pages)
ISBN: 0-8071-3006-0
 
 
 

 

"Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning." Psalm 30:5 

 

Claude Wilkinson's poems are filled with the dichotomies and dualities of what it means to be human -- the ways in which love transforms even the most impoverished circumstances; how survival and continuation overcome death; and the sheer pleasure of the experience. 

Through his use of Southern vernacular and biblical allusions, the poet immediately establishes place and time. Wilkinson's sense of nostalgia is both palpable and contagious. 

Wilkinson, who lives in Nesbit, Mississippi, has served as the John and Renee Grisham Visiting Southern Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi. His first collection of poetry, Reading the Earth, was the winner of the Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award. He's also been the recipient of the Whiting Writer's Award and the Walter E. Dakin Fellowship in Poetry.

 

Pam Kingsbury
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