Southern Comfort

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In this collection of linked poems, Andrews describes a childhood during the Vietnam War era on a farm in a divided household with a southern father and northern mother. The memories and trials of childhood come from a fabled place where whiskey and story were shared by children, and superstitions and mythmaking were a way of life.

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Overview

In this collection of linked poems, Andrews describes a childhood during the Vietnam War era on a farm in a divided household with a southern father and northern mother. The memories and trials of childhood come from a fabled place where whiskey and story were shared by children, and superstitions and mythmaking were a way of life.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In her new collection, Andrews (Sleeping with Houdini) takes a candid look at growing up in the South and puts vernacular speech at center stage. There's an abundance of lively phraseology to savor, and the joy of learning to make language one's own is palpable throughout. The chatter of family and neighbors rings out on almost every page, and expressions such as “dipping into our lives like a pumpkin vine in compost” delightfully animate this coming-of-age narrative. Andrews touches on both the idyllic and melancholy aspects of youth, from sitting on the floor to “fiddle/ with the stations on the radio/ and peel a dirty Band-Aid off so slow” to listening to Elvis and feeling “lonesome for that dusk that was all around me, the daylight fading so fast, I knew nothing ever lasts.” Whether writing in prose poems or short-lined free verse, Andrews's voice is marked by an effortlessness that can send the reader into a pleasing state of reverie; her art lies in her ability to transport readers to a place where it's possible to savor the waning of childhood innocence. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933880143
  • Publisher: Cavankerry Press
  • Publication date: 12/17/2009
  • Pages: 84
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

NIN ANDREWS has authored several books, among them Spontaneous Breasts, The Book of Orgasms, Mid-Life Crisis with Dick and Jane, and Sleeping with Houdini. She is the recipient of many awards and has been published in numerous journals and anthologies.

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Table of Contents

GILLS
Powerful Magic
Cleanliness is next to godliness
Indian Summer
Being Mean
Big Foot
Bathing in Your Brother's Bathwater
Southern Accent
The Day Grandma Saw God
In Grandma's Bathroom
Snow White
Gills
Bzzzz
What the Dead See
CALLING THE SNAKES
Lying
Sundays
Hiring the One-Armed Man
Calling the Snakes
Elvis
The day the cows got loose
Spring Fever
Death Wishes
Pearls
SNAKE BITES
The night Jimmy shot the red fox
Boston Strangler
Bees
The year my sister turned fourteen
Adolescence
Why Abortion Doesn't Make Sense
Summer
After the snake bit him
Dance Lessons
Whenever I asked
The Past
STRANGE BIRDS
Strange Birds
Ghosts
Nonsense
If you want to learn how to eat properly
Uncle Dyl's Ghost
M
Obituaries
Maureen
Something Else
The Fight
Bee God
Southern Comfort            

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