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Judy Young (1940--2015) was a gifted but private poet. Over the years, she established provisional collections of her best work but refrained from seeking publication due to her trepidation with sharing her deeply personal poems with an audience. She found her voice in a collective group of creatives that included Susan Starr Richards, Mary Ann Taylor-Hall, and the late Donna Boyd, Jane Gentry, Audrey Robinson, and Carolyn Hisel. This illustrious circle of friends met monthly for almost thirty years and gave her the courage to share her work -- a lyrical medley of pain, beauty, strength, and redemption.

Revealed is the story of a woman's inner life -- an intimate tale of abuse and personal struggle -- from a traumatic childhood through marriage, parenthood, and lifelong friendships. Based on the final manuscript that was drafted before the author's death, this compilation traces the path of a woman finding her poetic voice in middle age, returning to an often-harrowing upbringing while closely observing the natural world -- especially the populations of birds moving through the space between her back porch and the lake below -- and meditating on the nature of creativity. With a submerged narrative behind the poems and several calls to nature through repeated motifs, the poet shares seminal emotions and experiences.

A Careful Hunger is the last creative testament of this extraordinary artist -- her final act of fearlessness in a troubled yet joyful life. In the words of the poet: "I am alive and must say so / one way or another."

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Foreword
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  1. A Note on the Text
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  1. Blue Kitchen with East Window
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  1. History
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  1. Brightness
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  1. Little Girl, LIttle Girl
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  1. Secrets
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  1. Music
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  1. Photograph, 1952
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  1. Not My Life
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  1. Snowllight
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  1. The Dark Room
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  1. What She Wants
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  1. Blackbird Poem
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  1. Cicadas
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  1. The Conspirator
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  1. Drought
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  1. The Geometric Progression of Sadness
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  1. Stillbirth
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  1. The Persimmon Tree
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  1. Notebook: Allusion to Images
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  1. Blue Paper
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  1. Recovering from Joy
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  1. Song for Which There Are No Words
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  1. A Scientific Education
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  1. The Silent Ships
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  1. My Paradise Varies
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  1. I Can Feel My Bones
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  1. If Mykonos
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  1. Red Curry
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  1. The Burning Woman
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  1. Not Looking Back
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  1. Carousel
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  1. Cold October Morning
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  1. Revolutionary Music
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  1. Lost
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  1. Deer on the Highway
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  1. Turning
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  1. The Sun
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  1. From the Bath
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  1. Swinging Statues
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  1. This Poem Keeps Disappearing
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  1. Child at the Edge of the World
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  1. Such Existence
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  1. Way In or Way Out
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  1. On the Front Porch
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  1. The Apple
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  1. The Road
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  1. Light Years
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  1. The Moth
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  1. The End of My Life
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  1. Migration
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  1. Night Journey
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813177854
Related ISBN
9780813177847
MARC Record
OCLC
1110689205
Pages
72
Launched on MUSE
2019-08-15
Language
English
Open Access
No
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