Crossroads: Poems of a Mississippi Childhood

Crossroads: Poems of a Mississippi Childhood

by Robert Hamblin

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Crossroads: Poems of a Mississippi Childhood by Robert Hamblin


Poetry. Bob Hamblin doesn't miss much of importance, whether he actually remembers it or makes it up, like any poet, to fill the gaps that memory can't reach. These strong, evocative poems will reach those gaps in our memories, too, make us whole by removing the screens which often keep us from remembering what we saw, from seeing what we remember. These poems are clear-eyed and moving.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781568091341
Publisher: Time Being Books
Publication date: 06/01/2010
Pages: 124
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author


Robert Hamblin was born in Jericho, Mississippi, in 1938. He holds undergraduate degrees from Northeast Mississippi Community College and Delta State University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi. A professor of English, as well as director of the Center for Faulkner Studies, at Southeast Missouri State University, in Cape Girardeau, he started his teaching career as a high school English teacher and baseball coach in Baltimore, Maryland. He has also taught and lectured in England, the Netherlands, China, and Japan. Hamblin serves as associate editor of The Cape Rock and was poetry editor for Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature from 1984 to 2005. His books of poems include CROSSROADS: POEMS OF A MISSISSIPPI CHILDHOOD, KEEPING SCORE: SPORTS POEMS FOR EVERY SEASON, and and Mind the Gap: Poems by an American in London.

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Noel Polk

Bob Hamblin doesn’t miss much of importance, whether he actually remembers it or makes it up, like any poet, to fill the gaps that memory can’t reach. These strong, evocative poems will reach those gaps in our memories, too, make us whole by removing the screens which often keep us from remembering what we saw, from seeing what we remember. These poems are clear-eyed and moving.--(Noel Polk, professor, scholar, and writer, author of Outside the Southern Myth)

Joseph Stanton

This is a deeply felt book that understands that language can seek the desired crossroads between what once was and what is. At certain times Hamblin reminds us that the past must be grasped even when it is profoundly regrettable, but in most of these compelling pieces the poet asks us to traverse his crossroads in search of what must be saved.--(Joseph Stanton, author of Imaginary Museum: Poems on Art)

Terry Everett

Reading Crossroads, you appreciate the depth and complexity of these poems that range over the full spectrum of life and accumulate a profound wisdom in perfect rhythm and a music that delights the heart and mind.--(Terry Everett, Mississippi poet, author of The Work of Two Hands)

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