Poetry. EAST OF SORROW is Marc Hudson's fourth full-length collection of poems. In some ways, it is a continuation of his last two books, for it brings to a close the poetic journal of his life with his son, Ian, who died in 2002. But this book is equally about his daughter, Alix. Parenthood is a persistent theme in EAST OF SORROW: its pain because time is a slow mitigator, and its joy at seeing a vivacious young woman come into her own. A Christian perspective inflects some of these poems; others are distinctly Buddhist. More broadly, the book is a meditation on water, its shaping and animating presence on our planet. In its final section, the book moves fully out into the natural world; the personal gives way to the ecological, to a contemplation of our planet in this age that is sometimes called the Anthropocene. Though elegiac in places, EAST OF SORROW ends in praise.
Marc Hudson is a poet and a nonfiction writer. His first book of poems, Afterlight, received the Juniper Prize from the University of Massachusetts Press. His two other full-length books of poems are Journal for an Injured Son and The Disappearing Poet Blues. Hudson's Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary was published by Wordsworth Editions, Ltd. of the United Kingdom. His awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, the Strousse Award from Prairie Schooner, and the Allen Tate Poetry Prize from The Sewanee Review. The poet's work has also appeared in Poetry, The Kenyon Review, Poet Lore, and other journals. A frequent contributor of reviews and essays to The Sewanee Review, he has also published articles and essays in Audubon, Environmental Action, Hayden's Ferry Review, and elsewhere. For 28 years, he taught creative writing and literature at Wabash College in Indiana and presently lives in central Indiana with his wife, Helen Mundy Hudson.Author City: Crawfordsville, IN USA