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Hungry Moon (Mountain West Poetry)


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With intimacy and depth of insight, Henrietta Goodman’s Hungry Moon suggests paradox as the most basic mode of knowing ourselves and the world. We need hunger, the poems argue, but also satisfaction. We need pain to know joy, joy to know pain. We need to protect ourselves, but also to take risks. Though the poems are drawn from personal experience, Goodman shares the conviction of such poets as Anne Sexton and Louise Glück that when the poet writes of the self, the self cannot be exempt from culpability. Goodman’s speaker ranges through time and locale—from exploring the experience of flying in a small plane with her lover/pilot over the landscape of the American West to addressing the grief and retrospective self-scrutiny that arise from a friend’s death. Like the work of Mark Doty and Tony Hoagland, Goodman’s poems embrace concrete particularity, entangled as it is with imperfection and loss: “the Quik Stop’s fridge full of sandwiches and small bottles of livestock vaccines,” “the black, hammer-struck moon of your thumb,” “the empty water tower, one rusted panel kicked in like a door.”

About the Author

Henrietta Goodman is the author of Take What You Want, winner of the 2006 Beatrice Hawley Award from Alice James Books. She received an MFA in poetry from the University of Montana and a PhD in English from Texas Tech University. Her poems have been published in New England Review, Massachusetts Review, Field, and Guernica, and she has received an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Montana Arts Council and the Marjorie Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency. Her work is included in the anthologies Lit from Inside: 40 Years of Poetry from Alice James Books and A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry. She lives in Missoula, Montana.

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Goodman, Henrietta
University Press of Colorado
General Poetry
Edition Description:
Mountain West Poetry Series
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8.5 x 6.5 in
Age Level:
from 18 up to 99

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