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Killing the Murnion Dogsby Joe Wilkins
Synopses & Reviews
Poetry. KILLING THE MURNION DOGS, Joe Wilkins's first full-length collection, is a series of elegies. Herein we grieve years and fathers, highways and memories, rivers, shotgun shacks, and myths. These poems sing us down the two-lane highways and backroads of the vast American interior, from the hard-luck plains of eastern Montana to the cypress swamps of the Mississippi Delta, yet KILLING THE MURNION DOGS refuses the easy answers of nostalgia or cynicism. Rather, these poems insist that we "remember the good pain," that despite it all "this dust here is home." And so we search—always, insistently—for a place to abide inside the loss. "It is time to grieve," Wilkins tells us, "to believe in the world again.
"The most striking component of it is its awareness of 'the whole world.' What is ordinary becomes transcendent. In places derelict and seemingly unexceptional, Wilkins compels us to recognize what is worth salvage, worth praise."—Deborah Kim, Indiana Review
A new collection by a promising young poet that investigates place, memory, and ruin.
In five dream cycles, Killing the Murnion Dogs investigates place, memory, and ruin. Though there are no answers here, the poems themselves become a kind of testament, small acts of creation and re-creation that afford a weary, hard-won hope.
About the Author
Joe Wilkins: Joe Wilkins is the author of a previous book of poems, Ragged Point Road, and his work appears in the Georgia Review, the Southern Review, Harvard Review, the Sun, Slate, Orion, and Best New Poets, among other journals and anthologies. A National Magazine Award finalist, he is the 2009 recipient of the Richard J. Margolis Award of Blue Mountain Center, which goes to a promising new journalist or essayist whose work combines warmth, humor, wisdom and concern with social justice.” He lives with his wife and son on the north Iowa prairie, where he teaches writing at Waldorf College.
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