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Waltzing Through the Endtime (04 Edition)by David Bottoms
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In these 14 poems, David Bottoms waltzes through the “Christ-haunted South” and highlights how and where the afterlife intersects our daily lives. In a strong and musical voice, Bottoms, the poet laureate of Georgia, modernizes the narrative traditions of the American South. He encounters the ghosts of musicians and recounts strange instances of religious visitation:
Like my neighbor again who grew a yellow rose
wilted with the sign of the cross, or his sister in Biloxi
who once saw the virgin swimming
in a bowl of vegetable soup.
Accolades, yes, to Ramona Barreras
of Phoenix, Arizona, who pulled from her oven
a tortilla scorched with the face of Christ,
which may or may not
have been the face that appeared
some ten years later in Bras D’Or
on an outside wall of a Tim Horton’s Restaurant,
though both made the papers
and drew their share of pilgrims.
“What does it mean,” Bottoms asks, “that God keeps stamping his image on pastry and French toast, on biscuits lightly burned around the edges?” At the core of this book is a seeker, a person trying to make sense out of an unintelligible world, confronting the darkest dimensions of human nature, and writing a gorgeous, meta-physically charged poetry.
David Bottoms, the Poet Laureate of Georgia, teaches at Georgia State University in Atlanta. He is the author of four books of poems and founding editor of Five Points magazine. His work has been featured on National Public Radio and on The Southern Voice, a television series profiling Southern writers.
Everyday life is made hauntingly strange as the spiritual beats against hard realities of the world.
Poetry. In these new poems, Bottonms draws us deeply into what Flannery O'Connor called "the Christ-haunted South." Bottoms' country is a region braced for apocalypse, a place where the spirit sweeps mysteriously across a landscape of burger joints, bass lakes, graveyards, and garbage dumps. "Bottoms' new poems are powerful. With his superb Southern tuning, his compressed or 'sprung' narratives, as well as his need for spiritual clarity...he has become more inward, a typologist who hunts now more for meaning than survival. Bottoms has deepened his portrayal of the South beyond alligators and county fairs to a place of genuine spiritual anxiety" - The Kenyon Review. Bottomos is Poet Laureate of Georgia.
Bottoms, the Poet Laureate of Georgia, travels the "Christ-haunted South" and describes where the afterlife intersects our daily lives.
About the Author
David Bottoms, Poet Laureate of Georgia, teaches at Georgia State University in Atlanta. He is the author of four books of poetry and is the founding editor of Five Points magazine. His poems have appeared in The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and Harper's. He is an avid guitar player, mandolin player, and fan of bluegrass and old-time country music.
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