Synopses & Reviews
The stage is Judevine, an imaginary town in northern Vermont. This is a small stage, sometimes cold and darkened, but filled with characters so finely etched that they stand out as clearly as steeples against the sky. David Budbill plunges into the soul of New England to find characters and stories with lessons for anyone wanting to find the intrinsic nature of the region that has been called "all of America's backyard." These dark, lyrical, funny narrative poems portray the hopes and joys, pains and despair of people who have been bypassed or bruised by the twentieth century. Budbill has written a song of the down-and-out or overlooked, a song of the unsung. This anthem of the rural renaissance is microcosmic in setting, but universal in scope.
"Unlike ninety-eight percent of living American poets, David Budbill has a subject. Judevine is full of loving interest in other people and in what I still insist on calling the real world. Budbill both informs and moves and he is, in short, a delight and a comfort."
"Judevine is an extremely various, wide-ranging collection of stories and memoirs�in effect a novel. With Chekhovian insight, Budbill uncovers, through the American lives of the people of Judevine, the whole extent of his concern for the world, for peace, for love and justice, for understanding. To do so much he must be very resourceful-lyrical, exalted, funny, sometimes mean, always colorful--and he is."
Includes bibliographical references (p. 116) and index.