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April 2005
Living in the Resurrection
by T. Crunk

[featured in the bookclub Poetry Special]

From the back cover of the 1994 paperback edition (Yale University Press):

Living in the Resurrection, winner of the 1994 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition, is about the tensions between allegiance to the history and traditions of the author’s birthplace in western Kentucky and a longing for a more expansive life beyond the confines of that dying culture. Crunk seeks to articulate and honor that which is sacred in the local, the particular, the mundane—in relations with the land, with family, and with one’s forebears.

As James Dickey, distinguished poet and judge of the competition, says in his foreword to the books, “Here is that rare phenomenon, a writer of instinctive formal vision. His real reverence for the simple objects of the everyday world, their ability to present cup, tree, and hand both as they seem and as they are with a kind of mystical iconic starkness, is a quality uniquely Mr. Crunk’s. That this starkness eventually begins to warp into the surreal and ultimately windows into the Luminous Beyond is additional sanction for gratitude.”

T. Crunk was born and raised in western Kentucky. He has received master’s degrees in philosophy from the University of Kentucky and in English and creative writing from the University of Virginia. Crunk’s poems have appeared in a number of journals, including Paris Review, Poetry Northwest, Quarterly West, and Virginia Quarterly Review.

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