Winner of the of the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, selected by Kate Daniels
In this collection of linked sonnets, a young woman wrestles with the expectations of her repressive upbringing and Southern culture. Raised by a jaded and critical mother and haunted by an absent father, she constructs the myths and truths of home, family, and marital love that confine and release her to navigate her own sexuality and capacity for intimacy.
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Henrietta Goodman is the author of two previous books: Hungry Moon (Mountain West Poetry Series) and Take What You Want (Beatrice Hawley Award, Alice James Books). Her poems have appeared in Gulf Coast, Field, New England Review, and other journals. She has attended the Marjorie Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency, as well as residencies at the Atlantic Center for the Arts and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center. Originally from North Carolina, she lives in Missoula, Montana.