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Naming the Afternoon: Poems
by Julia Johnson
Hardcover, $22.95 (64 pages)
ISBN: 0-8071-2810-4

Julia Johnson’s debut collection of poems is filled with keen intelligent observations of nature, people, and the state of being alone.  Her poetic voice sets a mood of mystery and wonder.  The passing of time plays a key role in her illumination of life experiences.  

In “Memoir of a Woman of Pleasure,” the simple illusion of a clock, hands, and chimes adds to the sexual tension of a man and woman being wound tight, then released.  “The clock, face on face, pleasured/ woman in the face of each.” 

“There is That Noise,” captures the sounds that haunt the silence of two -- “The noise of a pause.”  It also celebrates the sounds of being alone – “The noise of no noise, the noise you hear/ only when you are standing still.”   

A Henry Hoyns Fellow at the University of Virginia and twice winner of the Academy of American Poets Prize, Julia Johnson has published poems in such journals as Third Coast, Eclipse, 64, Poetry International, and New Orleans Review.  She is an assistant professor of English at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. 


Joyce Dixon
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