In a Rind of Light

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Stephen F. Austin University Press, 2020 - Poetry - 80 pages

Catherine Abbey Hodges' In a Rind of Light takes us into the territory of memory, where "in a distant city," someone falls down stairs and makes "a song of it," where siblings speak of family secrets that make breathing different, where selflessness is the mother's gift to her children. These poems are close and personal, affectionate. Certainly, there is sadness in this work, loss, and dwelling upon loss. However, in these "prayers into the past," mistakes being the pathways to how we find our lives, Hodges makes "even the poorest thing" shine.

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About the author (2020)

CATHERINE ABBEY HODGES is the author of two previous poetry collections: Instead of Sadness, selected by Dan Gerber as winner of the 2015 Barry Spacks Poetry Prize, and Raft ofDays (2017). Her poems have been featured on The Writer's Almanac and Verse Daily and appear in venues including The Southern Review, The American Journal of Poetry, Miramar, Chicago Quarterly Review, Connotation Press, SWWIM, Tar River Poetry and Atticus Review.

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