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American Rendering: New and Selected Poems Hardcover – April 12, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (April 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547249624
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547249629
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #922,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[American Rendering] gives ample proof for the critical esteem in which [Hudgin’s] work is widely held. Hudgins’ poems are often funny, hinging on a joke or wisecrack or malapropism, but human nature red in tooth and claw has always been his greatest theme." —BookPage

"Hudgins’s eighth collection and first retrospective confirms him as one of the few poets of the American South who can be both solemn and sidesplitting in a single poem." -- Publishers Weekly

About the Author

ANDREW HUDGINS is the author of seven books of poems, including Saints and Strangers, The Glass Hammer, and most recently Ecstatic in the Poison. A finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, he is a recipient of Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships as well as the Harper Lee Award. He currently teaches in the Department of English at Ohio State University.


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Andrew Hudgins is the author of seven books of poems, including SAINTS AND STRANGERS, THE GLASS HAMMER, and ECSTATIC IN THE POISON. A finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, he is a recipient of Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships as well as the Harper Lee Award. He currently teaches in the Department of English at Ohio State University.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mark Jarman on April 25, 2010
Format: Hardcover
A critic once wrote about the work of the English poet Ted Hughes that if blood and viscera could speak, they would sound like Hughes's poetry. Well, if blood and viscera could speak, and had a sense of humor, they would sound like the poetry of Andrew Hudgins. The title of this essential volume says it all, from the identification of the subject - this is a poetry of these States - to the multiple meanings of "rendering": to deliver, to yield, to reflect, and to extract by melting down. These poems extract the violence at the heart of American experience, but in the process reveal again and again a yearning for lyrical transcendence. The grim humor in which they do this is startling but a unique quality of Hudgins's poetry. The title poem "American Rendering" will not allow you to think the same of Davy Crockett again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James M. Robinson on February 8, 2013
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It's great to have selections for all his books together here. It is not disappointing. Not only a great Southern poet, a great American poet.
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