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Poetry. Winner of the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, "BLACK TUPELO COUNTRY is a book of cinematic lushness razored with ache," writes poet Leslie Adrienne Miller, who selected the book for the prize. "These poems dwell in the dark, immutable seam between the natural and interior worlds." Vivian Shipley, editor of The Connecticut Review, writes, "Wicked humor is also woven into the collection in poems about commerce that depict Socrates engaging the Greeter at Wal-Mart in a Dialogue, Adam and Eve selling sub sandwiches in a mall and Odysseus buying a Cinnabon franchise when he retires."