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"Maurice Manning displays not just terrific cunning but terrific aim."New York Times Book Review
"Manning's geniushis truly staggering geniusis in his ability to put this ancient question into a true American idiom, to make this fundamental human inquiry both vividly, heartbreakingly poignant and madly, idiosyncratically his own."Smartish Pace
"He's saved himself with the most basic of thingsa place, its people, and one of its songs."Orion
Pulitzer finalist Maurice Manning is at the height of his powers as he searches through layers of dreams, imagination, and memory to reconnect with oneself and one's place in the cosmos. Drawing deep from his Kentucky roots, Manning's poems are peopled with ordinary and extraordinary rural characters, as he gives voice to a region well-loved and full of tradition.
From "Something to Say about Possums":
I've taken so many backward steps,I have believed historycan be explained, only to learn,like sin, it can't. How I've needed moreand more forgiveness! I've needed grace,and followed it into a dreamof green and yellow light comingfrom a-way on high, maybe a mountain.
Maurice Manning is the author of five previous books of poetry, includingThe Common Man, a 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist, and Lawrence Booth's Book of Visions, winner of the 2000 Yale Younger Poetry Series Award, selected by W.S. Merwin. A Guggenheim Fellow, he currently teaches at Transylvania University and is on the permanent faculty of Warren Wilson College.